The World Space Forum Series

The 2024 edition

The World Space Forum 2023 "Space 4 Our Common Future" provided an opportunity to draw attention to space solutions that will effectively support the areas mentioned in the various Policy Briefs leading to the Summit of the Future. In addition, it provided a set of practical recommendations to maximize the opportunities space solutions offer as input for the Summit of the Future 2024 and the Pact of the Future.

Previous editions

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Introduction

As of today, close to 80 UN Member States have established space agencies and in 2020, the space community launched a record number of satellites, surpassing the 1,000 threshold for the first time ever - breaking the previous high set in 2019. Research shows that around 40% of the 169 targets behind the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) benefit from the use of geo-location and earth observation satellites. With the inclusion of telecommunication satellites, this statistic rises substantially. Today, innovative space-based science and technology are accelerating achievement of SDGs in many parts of the world.

The United Nations aims to leverage innovative solutions and technological developments to realise common sustainable development goals, and attention is increasingly placed on the unique potential of space technologies in this endeavour. It is therefore important to build on the outcomes of UNISPACE+50 and take advantage of the momentum it generated to ensure that the current exchanges fully capture the political, legal and capacity-building elements of international cooperation in space exploration.

 

 

 

 

Uniqueness

Launched in November 2019, the WORLD SPACE FORUM is an event series hosted by the United Nations that is built on the recommendations generated at three High-Level Fora held from 2016 to 2018. The sequence of Fora demonstrated the growing interest of an increasing number of actors in discussing the future of space and international cooperation along the pillars of space economy, space society, space accessibility and space diplomacy. Going forward, the World Space Forum will take the place of the High-Level Forum.

As the only Office in the United Nations system that deals exclusively with the peaceful uses of outer space, UNOOSA is in a unique position to bring together all relevant stakeholders to make a difference and to ensure that the benefits of space are available to the broadest possible user base, in all countries around the world.

International cooperation for a sustainable space environment is essential as we look ahead to the future and welcome more actors to the space arena. Together with its partners, the United Nations stands ready to facilitate productive and impactful international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space.

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, who exchange views on the four pillars of space economy, space society, space accessibility and space diplomacy.

Objectives

As we embark on the Decade of Action to deliver global goals, space agencies worldwide continue to achieve remarkable ends in pursuit of the SDGs. UNOOSA, as the gateway to space in the United Nations, is well placed to bring this range of global activity into one place to encourage the coordinated direction needed to maximise the impact of such efforts:

  • Position the UN as a unique forum for Space Actors to collectively shape the future

  • Raise awareness of space activities and space tools for the achievement of the global agendas

  • Present new space technologies that are enabling progress and driving cooperation and partnership in Outer Space

  • Exchange on the need to ensure the long-term sustainability of outer space activities

  • Discuss global governance of outer space activities and its contribution towards the future of space

  • Bring together space actors to exchange best practices and explore ways to collectively address challenges to humanity and sustainable development issues to launch a:

Working Language

The working language of the WSF is English.

Contact Information

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

E-Mail: worldspaceforum[at]un.org

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