Globally, 2020 was the second hottest year on record, adding another grim milestone to a rapidly warming planet. In Europe, according to data released by the Copernicus Climate Change Service, 2020 was the warmest year on the continent. Ocean acidification, desertification, collapsing biodiversity, disappearing habitats, intensifying storms, droughts and heatwaves - the changing climate is already manifesting its impacts.
As we strive to limit temperature growth to 1.5°C above preindustrial levels, in 2016 & 2020, the global mean temperature was already 1.2°C higher than this baseline.
To tackle the climate crisis, we must re-think and restructure the global economy and society, harness all available assets and include science, technology and innovation in our decisions and policymaking.
In this regard, space technologies possess immense transformative power, offering a wide range of benefits for monitoring the Earth's climate and for setting climate actions.
Space assets have immensely increased our knowledge about the universe, the Earth and its environment for the benefit of citizens. By providing high resolution and broad-scale monitoring, the remote sensing capabilities of satellites have enabled us to collect data that is global, consistent and sustained over years and repeated regularly.
These are precisely the tools needed for effective, well-informed and multi-stakeholder climate action as we share the same diagnosis for the causes, effects and evolution of climate change. Empirical evidence for better understanding and more accurate predictions of climate evolution is a prerequisite for improved mitigation, adaptation and resilience measures and risk assessment.
Moreover, the added value of space assets goes much further than monitoring and modelling. Satellites and satellite-based data are critical for developing innovative solutions. Smart cities, precision agriculture, efficient mobility systems and supply chains, global connectivity, disaster management are just a handful of areas that benefit immensely from space technologies.
Led by UNOOSA, the only office dedicated to space affairs in the UN system, the World Space Forum will provide a unique platform for stakeholders to discuss current and future activities under Space 4 Climate Action. The World Space Forum will facilitate the exchange of best practices and cooperation among all relevant stakeholders in support of Sustainable Development Goal 13 "Climate action".
Space agencies around the world continue to achieve remarkable results in pursuit of the SDGs. UNOOSA, as the gateway to space within the United Nations, provides a unique platform for space actors to collectively discuss global activities aimed at maximising the impact of space assets. The World Space Forum 2021 aims to:
The World Space Forum Action Report shall cover the following aspects:
♦ Space solutions to secure broader inclusion of space solutions and generate more space resources for the achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals ♦
♦ Global action for space safety and sustainability ♦
♦ Acting in partnership action to jointly develop solutions to bridge the growing "space divide" ♦
The WORLD SPACE FORUM brings together experts and policymakers from regional, national and local institutions, private organizations, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations and international organizations. Such multi-stakeholder composition allows for a truly inclusive, diverse and multilateral dialogue around the four pillars of space economy, space society, space accessibility and space diplomacy.
The organizers strive to support gender mainstreaming in their programmes and are committed to achieving a balanced representation of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
See here the Agenda at a glance
At the current stage, the list of speakers is invitation-only.
More details on the participation will be communicated in due course.
For information regarding the submission of nominations for attendance and funding as well as the programme and sponsorship of the Forum please contact:
UNOOSA - World Space Forum Organizing Team
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