Organized by: United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), United Nations Information Service (UNIS), Austrian Aeronautics and Space Agency (Austrian Agentur für Luft- und Raumfahrt - FFG)
The United Nations Information Service UNIS), in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Austrian Aeronautics and Space Agency invited 50 children from a primary school in Vienna, Austria, to celebrate World Space Week 2006 at the United Nations in Vienna 10th October 2006.
The children, aged 6-10, visited a UN conference room and the UNOOSA permanent space exhibit, where they were briefed by experts of the Austrian Aeronautics and Space Agency on how satellites work, and how satellite technology can help solve problems on Earth. Following this introduction, the children held a Model UN Conference on Outer Space, with every child representing a different country, at which they discussed whether a limited budget should be spent on building a hotel in outer space, or for buying more satellites to monitor the deforestation of the rainforest and help solve environmental problems on Earth. After a lively discussion, the Conference voted in favour of buying more satellites.
The children were awarded certificates of participation by UNOOSA, and given souvenirs sponsored by UNOOSA, the European Space Agency, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Austrian Aeronautics and Space Agency.
Visiting the permanent United Nations Space Exhibition at the Vienna International Centre
|Dr. Stephan Mayer and Ms. Michaela Gitsch from the Austrian Aeronautics and Space Agency
briefing the children on how satellite technology can help solve problems on Earth.
|Mr. Hans Haubold from the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)
answering questions and explaining UNOOSA's mission.
|The model United Nations Conference on Outer Space|
|Children voting for the Conference's chairperson|
|Children raising the nameplates of the countries they are representing to join the discussions|
|At the end, UNOOSA representatives Mr. Hans Haubold and Mr. Levent Canturk
present souvenirs and certificates to the participants
|One final remembrance photo with UNOOSA representative Mr. Levent Canturk|