Peggy Whitson

United Nations Expert Meeting on Space for Women

New York, United States

4 - 6 October, 2017

Jointly organized by

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and UN Women

Documents and links

  • Announcement (coming soon)
  • Programme-at-a-glance (coming soon)
  • Applications for the Expert Meeting will open on 1 May 2017


The first United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE I) was held in 1968. The year 2018 will mark its 50th anniversary (UNISPACE+50), and this will be a fitting time to take stock of the contributions of all three UNISPACE conferences, held in 1968, 1982 and 1999 respectively, to global governance of space activities. At its 59th Session in June 2016, the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space endorsed seven thematic priorities for the implementation of UNISPACE+50, including thematic priority 7 (TP7) "capacity-building for the twenty-first century", which is the most cross-cutting aspect of the initiative. Member States seek to define new innovative and effective approaches to overall capacity-building and development needs with a special focus on empowerment of women in developing countries. UNOOSA therefore has joined forces with UN Women to organize together a 'Space for Women' Expert Meeting.

Objectives and expected outcomes

  • Development of the basis for the 'Space for Women' Project in support of the implementation of the UNISPACE+50 thematic priority on 'capacity-building for the twenty-first century' as well as for addressing the Sustainable Development Goal 5.
  • Strengthened capacity-building activities focusing on women's perspectives in addressing goals and targets enshrined in the interlinked 2030 Agendas, namely the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, and the Paris Climate Agreement.
  • Elaboration of activities under the 'Space for Women' Project to help governments to equip and educate themselves with the technical and policy capabilities to integrate space technology and applications in their strategic planning towards, and capacity-building for, the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, and the Paris Climate Agreement.
  • Identification of new and innovative approaches to address the targets set out in the 2030 Agendas such as the provision of technical assistance, expert assistance, support for research, and advisory services, which will enhance operational activity under the Office's 'Space for Women' Project.
  • 'Capacity-building for the twenty-first century' as a cross-cutting thematic priority will capitalize on existing UNOOSA projects and programmes, such as UN-SPIDER, Space for Health, and UNOOSA's climate change activities, in order to encourage holistic discussions around the cross-sectional dimensions of space, from space law to space applications.

Working modalities

The two and half day event will bring together decision makers and experts from international organizations, governments and non-governmental organizations as well other high-ranking officials and representatives of the private sector and research institutions to discuss the scope and goals of a 'Space for Women' Project and develop a concrete project together. The event will include the presentation of lessons learned and new ideas focusing on the project along the tagline of 'Space for Women and Women for Space', including all its interactions and inter-linkages around: 

  • Let's make space work for the empowerment of women
  • Let's make space in the aerospace industry and STEAM fields for women
  • Let's make the Space for Women project together

Further information and contact details

For information regarding the programme, submission of nominations for attendance and funding, presentations/abstracts and speakers, please contact oosa[@]

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