UNISPACE+50 Activities

A number of activities have been organized by UNOOSA and other parties as part of preparations for  UNISPACE+50.

The activities noted below are the major activities only and do not constitute an exhaustive list. 

Main Events

Preparatory Activities: Thematic Priorities

In order to guide preparatory work for UNISPACE+50, in June 2016 COPUOS identified and agreed on seven thematic priorities, as well as their objectives and mechanisms (A/71/20) (see Resources).

The thematic priorities and their key activities and programmes of work are:

Thematic priority Activity
1. Global partnership in space exploration and innovation
2. Legal regime of outer space and global space governance: current and future perspectives
3. Enhanced information exchange on space objects and events
  • The Working Group of the Whole considered TP3 during the 54th session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee in 2017, and recommended further consideration as reflected in its report (A/AC.105/1138, Annex I, paras. 14-6).
4. International framework for space weather services
5. Strengthened space cooperation for global health
6. International cooperation towards low-emission and resilient societies
7. Capacity-building for the twenty-first century

Preparatory Activities: High Level Forum

In the lead-up to UNISPACE+50, a series of High Level Fora (HLF) on "Space as a driver for socio-economic sustainable development" offered the collective space community the opportunity to provide guidance and recommendations for UNISPACE+50 and its outcomes. This discussion integrated the economic, environmental, social, policy and regulatory dimensions of space in an attempt to contribute to a new perspective on space that includes global sustainable development.

In 2015 a High Level Forum preparatory meeting was held in Vienna.

In 2016 the first substantive High Level Forum was held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 20 to 24 November 2016. Participants at this Forum developed the Dubai Declaration, which discussed how space science and technology can support global sustainable development efforts.

The HLF2017 was held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 6 to 9 November 2017.

Briefings to Permanent Missions

A briefing on UNISPACE+50 preparations was held as part of the regular briefingw to Permanent Missions by UNOOSA Director on 8 September 2017 ( Statement, Presentation) and on 22 January 2018 ( Statement, Presentation).

A briefing on UNISPACE+50 was held for Permanent Missions to the United Nations in New York on 18 January 2018.

Other activities

A UNOOSA-Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) joint coordination meeting on UNISPACE+50 was held in Vienna on 22-23 May 2017.

Further information about UNISPACE+50-related activities, including outreach activities during UNISPACE+50 in June 2018, please see Conference room paper (A/AC.105/2017/CRP.5).

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