The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, the World Health Organization and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development are co-organizing, in collaboration with the Government of Switzerland and Space and Global Health Network hosted by the Geneva Digital Hub, the International Conference on Space and Global Health to raise awareness, build capacity and increase collaboration between the space domain and the global health domain, by inviting decision-makers and practitioners from both domains to share their experiences.
The Conference will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 1 to 3 November 2023.
Registration is open ( REGISTER HERE). Deadline for registration for sel-funded participants - 25 September 2023 23:59 CEST. Deadline for participants applying for funding is closed.
For more information about the Space for Health Global Network and the Geneva Digital Hub click here
The Conference will provide a forum for discussion around the different aspects of how space can contribute to global health, in a holistic manner, seeking to contribute to the implementation of the United Nations General Assembly resolution on Space and Global Health A/RES/70/120 and support Sustainable Development Goal 3 "Good Health and Well-Being".
The Conference will focus on the areas identified by the Working Group of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee on Space and Global Health and will seek to increase awareness and build capacity among the attendees in four distinct areas of interest:
In addition, the objectives are to present use cases of space technologies applied to the areas of interest, identify the existing institutional arrangements and mechanisms linking health and space authorities in the above domains that could be used to develop recommendations to better connect health authorities and space authorities at the domestic level. Importantly, the aim is also to promote collaboration between the different stakeholders during the event and increase networking opportunities through the Space and Global Health Network and its online community platform ( Implementome).
The programme will be updated regularly. Applicants are invited to indicate the session in case a speaking slot is requested.
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- Opening Ceremony
- Setting the scene (Keynotes)
- Space Solutions in support of tele-epidemiology and environmental health
Space solutions in support of disaster and health emergency management
- Space Solutions in support of tele-medicine and tele-health
- Space life sciences
- Review of recommendations
- Closing ceremony
The output of the conference will be a parliamentary document presented to the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space summarizing the discussion and recommendations.
The deadline for self-funded applications is 25 September 2023. Please use this form. Deadline for applicants requesting funding is closed.
The working language of the Conference will be English. All participants are required to have good English language skills.
The profile of participants includes health practitioners, policy- and decision-makers and senior experts from the following groups: space agencies, health professionals, international, regional, national and local institutions, United Nations agencies, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, research and development institutions, and also from industry. Participants should be in senior managerial or decision-making responsibility at governmental agencies, national and regional institutions, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations or industry.
The Office for Outer Space Affairs is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its programs and ensuring a balanced representation from different perspectives. Women are encouraged to apply.
Life/major health insurance for each of the selected participants is necessary and is the responsibility of the candidate or his/her institution or Government. The co-sponsors will not assume any responsibility for life and major health insurance, nor for expenses related to medical treatment or accidents. Please pay attention to the online application form when registering for the Conference.