The Office for Outer Space Affairs has been organizing a long-standing series of capacity-building workshops on space law and policy where 10 workshops have been successfully held since 2002 in cooperation with the Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Brazil, Nigeria, Ukraine, Islamic Republic of Iran, Thailand, Argentina, China, and at the UN premises in Vienna.
Building upon this series of workshops, last year the Office moved on to a new phase in its capacity-building efforts, by a new series of dedicated United Nations Conferences on Space Law and Policy. This year United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs together with the Government of Turkey, TUBITAK Space Technologies Research Institute (TUBITAK UZAY), Turkish Space Agency, and Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO) will be holding a second Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, from 23 to 26 September 2019.
International and regional cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space helps to bring the benefits of space technology applications to a wide circle of stakeholders, both governmental and non-governmental, and to intensify and diversify national space programmes. Policy and regulatory frameworks at the national, regional and international levels are of paramount importance for providing the necessary basis for States, particularly developing countries, to meet development goals and address challenges to sustainable development. In this connection, it is necessary to continue to strengthen the linkages between international space law and the conduct of space activities.
Each year, in its resolutions on international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space, the General Assembly reaffirms the importance of international cooperation in developing the rule of international law, including the relevant norms of international space law and their important role in international cooperation for the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes, and of the widest possible adherence to international treaties that promote the peaceful uses of outer space in order to meet emerging new challenges, especially for developing countries. The Assembly recognizes that all States, in particular those with major space capabilities, should contribute actively to the prevention of an arms race in outer space with a view to promoting and strengthening international cooperation in the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes.
In today's world where the number of actors that engage in space activities increases every day, it is of the utmost importance to ensure that all actors comply with the requirements of international space law in developing international and regional space cooperation.
The successful implementation and application of the international legal framework governing space activities depend on the understanding and acceptance of that framework by policymakers and decision-makers. The availability of professionals who can provide suitable legal advice and disseminate information and knowledge about space law, in particular in developing countries, depends on the availability of adequate education opportunities in space law and policy.
This Conference will be held in order to promote adherence to the five United Nations treaties on outer space and to assist States in building their capacity in space law, and thus help them to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.
The objectives of the Conference will be to:
The Conference will be structured by discussions in the following topics. In addition, renowned experts in the field will be invited as speakers. The Conference will mainly comprise presentations followed by questions and answers.
The following topics will be considered in dedicated sessions:
Kindly note that the Conference organizers may modify the number and themes of sessions of the final programme.
An optional sightseeing tour will be scheduled to cover the main cultural and historical landmarks of Istanbul. In order to participate in this tour a scanned copy of the participant's passport shall be submitted, after receiving the official invitation letter to the event.
More details to come in the following weeks!
Conference opening day: evening reception
Conference second day: evening welcome dinner/reception
Dates: The Conference will be held from 23 to 26 September 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. Invited participants will receive a formal invitation letter with further information on available accommodation, logistics and other local arrangements prior to the Conference.
The working language of the Conference will be English.
The Conference is being planned for a total of 200 participants including decision- and policy-makers from national space agencies and governmental bodies, experts of the space community, private sector representatives, researchers/students from academia that are involved in space activities, representing developing and developed nations from all economic regions.
The Office seeks to achieve the balanced participation of women and men to ensure gender parity.
Within the limited financial resources available, a limited number of selected participants will be offered financial support to attend the Conference. This financial support will defray the cost of travel (a round trip air ticket - most economic fare - between the airport of international departure in their home country and Istanbul, Turkey) and/ or room and board expenses for the duration of the Conference. Due to the limited availability of financial support, not all applicants for travel support can be accommodated. In this respect, applicants and their nominating organizations are strongly encouraged to also identify additional sources of sponsorship to allow them to attend the Conference. Sponsored participants will receive detailed information upon notification of their selection.
Life and major health insurance is the responsibility of each selected participants or his/her institution or government. The organizers will not assume any responsibility for life and major health insurance, nor for expenses related to medical treatment or accidents.
Medical facilities for first aid in case of emergencies will be provided at the Conference venues; for serious emergencies, immediate transportation and admission to a hospital shall be provided, with the understanding that all participants of the Conference possess valid individual insurances.
Applications for participating in the Conference have to be submitted online through this webpage (see the top of page).
The completed application form together with the presentation abstract should be submitted on-line to the Office for Outer Space Affairs, no later than 7 JUNE 2019 from applicants seeking funding support and no later than 30 July 2019 from self-funded applicants. Only complete applications received before these deadlines will be considered.
*Please note that in order to visit Turkey, foreigners, depending on their nationality, may have to obtain an entry visa. All visa applicants are required to possess a passport valid not less than 6 months after visa expiration.
For questions related to the Conference programme and participation opportunities, please contact us.
For questions related to visa and the local logistics, please contact the local organizers mentioned in the information note.
For latest information and updates on the Conference, it is advised that you frequently visit this webpage.