VIENNA, 6 July (United Nations Information Service) - The United Nations Inter-Agency Meeting on Outer Space Activities (UN-Space) has issued a joint statement on strengthening the role of space science, technology and applications for sustainable development within the United Nations system. The statement was delivered in connection with a UN-Space high-level panel on "United Nations: Reinforcing synergies for UNISPACE+50 and beyond", held in Vienna on 21 June 2018.
In the statement, UN-Space pledged to increase the use of the benefits offered by outer space for realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by working within their respective mandates and in close collaboration with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). They also agreed to join Member States and other stakeholders in promoting access to the scientific, technological, economic, social, environmental and cultural benefits of space activities through international cooperation.
In particular, UN-Space committed to promote and support:
The UN-Space high-level panel and subsequent statement were part of UNISPACE+50, an event organized by UNOOSA to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, held in Vienna in 1968, and to provide an opportunity for the international community to consider the future course of global space cooperation for the benefit of humankind. Participants at the UN-Space high-level panel were:
The UN-Space mechanism is an inter-agency meeting responsible for enhancing cooperation and coordination on space-related matters between various entities within the United Nations system. UN-Space works to enhance the United Nations' efforts on space technology and applications. It cooperates closely with UNOOSA to make full use of the benefits of space. It also encourages United Nations entities to use space to support the Sustainable Development Goals and reports to the Secretary-General on space-related activities within the UN while also creating special reports on specific topics.
The full text of the UN-Space statement is available here.
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United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)
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