World Space Forum

'Space for our Future'

Online virtual meeting

Organized jointly by

the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the United Arab Emirates Space Agency

9-10 December 2020

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Wednesday, 9 December 2020

OPENING: Space for Everyone, Everywhere
UAE in Space - Mr. Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Director-General, United Arab Emirates Space Agency
Space for Our Future - Ms. Simonetta Di Pippo, Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs


Session 1: Space for Humanity
"Moderator: Mr. Jorge Del Rio Vera, UNOOSA"
CubeSat Educational Programme for Girls in Kazakhstan - Ms. Veronika Vashchenko, UNICEF Kazakhstan
Giga: An initiative to connect every school to the Internet, and every young person to information, opportunity and choice - Mr. Alex Wong, ITU
Space Generation Advisory Council - Mr. Davide Petrillo, SGAC
Connectivity: An Enabler of Development - Mr. Hamed Munther Odeh, Yahsat
Ms. Zainab Azim, G.I.V.E; Youngest Member of Virgin Galactic's Future Astronaut Program
Session 2: Space for the Planet
"Moderator: Ms. Nathalie Ricard, UNOOSA"
Ms. Fatima Al Shamsi, UAE Space Agency
AI for Planetary Stewardship - Mr. Simon Jackman, University of Oxford
Mr. James Parr, Trillium Technologies
EODC - Mr. Christian Briese, Earth Observation Data Centre
Mr. Frederic Bretar, Space Climate Observatory; Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES)
Special Session: The Future of Space Exploration
"Moderator: Mr. Niklas Hedman, UNOOSA"
Emirates Mars Mission - Mr. Omran Sharaf, UAE Space Agency
Artemis - Mr. Michael Gold, NASA
The future of space exploration - an international endeavor - Ms. Pascale Ehrenfreund, International Astronautical Federation (IAF)
Canada's Space Exploration Activities - Mr. Christian Lange, Canadian Space Agency / Government of Canada
Planetary protection: Coordination in international efforts - Ms. Athena Coustenis, CNRS / COSPAR Panel on Planetary protection
Mr. Ken Hodgkins, International Space Enterprise
High Road or Low Road: Where are we headed in the space arena? - Mr. Peter Martinez, Secure World Foundation


Thursday, 10 December 2020

Side Event:  Announcement of the new round of KiboCUBE
Session 3: Space for Economy
"Moderator: Ms. Veronica Cesco, UNOOSA"
Mr. Naser Al Rashedi, UAE Space Agency
Leveraging space programs to scale technology start-ups moving the economy towards the SDGs - Ms. Elodie Robin-Guillerm, Hub71
Mr. Luca del Monte, European Space Agency
A New Spacefaring State's Perspective to Space Activities Governance - Ms. Jenni Tapio, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland
Session 4: Sustainable Future in Space
"Moderator: Mr. Ian Freeman, UNOOSA"
Mr. Fahad Al Mheiri, UAE Space Agency
Mr. Moriba Jah, the University of Texas at Austin
Mr. Arfan Chaudry, UK Space Agency
Lunar Sustainability: Operations to Strategy - Mr. David Draper, NASA
Mr. Yao Jianting, China National Space Administration (CNSA)
Mr. Jonathan Hung, Singapore Space and Technology Limited
Closing Ceremony


Contact Information

For more information about the Forum please contact:
UNOOSA - World Space Forum Organizing Team
E-Mail: worldspaceforum[@]

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