For information only - not an official document

3 October 2016



Media representatives are invited to the launch of the

Global children's art competition

"Looking at the Stars: The Future of the World"

organized by

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and

Paz y Cooperacion

5 October 2016, 11:00 am
Room C-3 in the C building, Vienna International Centre

VIENNA, 3 October (UN Information Service) - The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), Paz y Cooperacion and the Permanent Mission of Spain to the United Nations in Vienna will jointly hold a press conference on 5 October to launch the 2017 Peace and Cooperation School Award "Looking at the Stars: The Future of the World". During the year-long competition, young people from around the world will be invited to submit artworks that show how the exploration of space can bring benefits to humankind.

9.30am - 10.45am: Presentation and Q&A session with three astronauts and students from two Vienna schools [Media are welcome to attend]

11.00am: Press conference with UNOOSA Director Simonetta Di Pippo, Ambassador Gonzalo de Salazar of the Spanish Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Vienna, Paz y Cooperacion founder Joaquín Antuña, Elvira Sanchez-Igual from the Asociación Mundial de Educadores Infantiles-World Association of Early Educators, and one of the astronauts from the morning session.

Following the press conference, media will also be able to view an exhibition of artwork by students of Hong Kong's School of Creativity and Spanish painter Francisca Blazquez, which will be displayed in the Rotunda at the Vienna International Centre.

The astronauts' Q&A and the press conference will be streamed at

This event will be held during World Space Week. World Space Week is observed annually from 4 to 10 October to celebrate the various contributions of space science and technology to humankind.


UNOOSA works to promote international cooperation in the peaceful use and exploration of space, and in the use of space science and technology for sustainable economic and social development. 

Paz y Cooperacion is a non-governmental organization that promotes non-violence and creativity. 


For media accreditation:

Media representatives who wish to attend the press conference and/or and side events, and who are not accredited to the VIC, should write to press[at]

Access to the C-building is via Checkpoint One of the Vienna International Centre.


For further information, please contact:


Daria Brankin
United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)
Telephone: +43 699 1459 8718
Email: daria.brankin[at]


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