World Space Week 2022 webinar series on "Space and Sustainability"

World Space Week (WSW), declared by the UN General Assembly in 1999, celebrates space science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition. This annual commemoration is held annually on 4-10 October.

In 2022, we are celebrating the 65th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik 1 and the 55th anniversary of the entry into force of the Outer Space Treaty, making the occasion even more special.

For the 2022 edition, Space and Sustainability was selected as the theme, underscoring the value of space for achieving a better future while ensuring that space activities are conducted in a sustainable manner.

As the only entity dedicated to space affairs, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is uniquely positioned to raise awareness about space exploration and use, benefits stemming from humanity's activities in space, and sustainable use of this unique environment.

This World Space Week, UNOOSA organizes an event series aimed at advancing awareness about sustainable space exploration for a sustainable planet.

The webinars will take place on Microsoft Teams.

Below are the background, agenda and timing of each webinar, as well as the link to join.

Please submit your registration for the sessions on 5 October here

Please submit your registration for the sessions on 10 October here

5 October

Sustainability from space: Satellites as our eyes towards a better future

10:00-11:30 AM
Webinar 1: Space benefiting the work of the United Nations

Event description

This webinar aims to 1) Explore the value of space assets for the delivery of the UN mandates; 2) Provide an update about the latest SDG-related efforts using space assets, and 3) Discuss the space-related user needs to take the implementation of SDGs to another level.

Link to join the event


  • Mr. Luc St Pierre (Moderator, UNOOSA): Brief introduction and housekeeping
  • Mr. Mario Zappacosta, Senior Economist (FAO GIEWS) - Using FAO Agriculture Stress Index System (ASIS) for crop monitoring and early warning
  • Mr. Alexandre Caldas, Chief, Big Data Branch, Science Division (UNEP) - From satellite data to intelligence action
  • Mr. Dohyung Kim, Data Science Lead, Giga initiative (UNICEF) - AI and Satellite Imagery Application to Map Every School in the World
  • Mr. Markus Woltran, Programme Management Officer (UNOOSA) - Space for Climate Action
  • Ms. Nina Kickinger, Associate Information Systems Officer (UNOOSA) - Space4Water
  • Mr. Martin Hilljegerdes, Associate Expert (UN-SPIDER) - Satellites for enhancing disaster resilience - the work of UN-SPIDER
  • Q&A segment


2:00-3:30 PM
Webinar 2:
Using satellites to inspire change

Event description

This webinar aims to: 1) Present state-of-the-art space applications and services on offer; 2) Provide insights into possibilities of the future and benefits of integration of frontier technologies; and 3) Brief on the services providers can offer to advance SDG efforts.

Link to join the event


  • Ms. Hazuki Mori (Moderator, UNOOSA): Brief introduction and housekeeping
  • Mr. Huadong Guo, Chief Scientist of SDGSAT-1 science satellite (Chinese Academy of Sciences) - SDGSAT-1: The World's first Science Satellite for SDGs
  • Ms. Chiara Solimini, Space Downstream Market Officer (EUSPA) - EUSpace for our sustainable future
  • Mr. Ochiai Osamu, Senior Engineer in Satellite Applications and Operation Center (JAXA) - JAXA Earth Observation Satellite missions for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  • Mr. Charles Mwangi, Acting Director, Space Sector & Technology Dept (Kenya Space Agency) - Opportunities for International Collaboration - Kenya's Perspective
  • Ms. Nancy Searby, Program Manager Earth Science Applied Sciences Capacity Building (NASA) - NASA & the SDGs - the SERVIR Programme
  • Mr. Wenbin Zhang, Associate Expert (UNOOSA) - Opportunities with UNOOSA under the Access to Space 4 All Initiative
  • Q&A segment


10 October

Sustainability in space: Responsibility today means progress tomorrow

10:00-11:30 AM
Webinar 3: Where do we stand & where do we go?

Event description

This webinar aims to 1) Reflect on the historical development of the sector; 2) Explore the current state of affairs and future trends; 3) Debate opportunities and challenges stemming from the dynamics of today's space sector.

Link to join the event


  • Ms. Veronica Cesco (UNOOSA): Brief introduction and housekeeping
  • Ms. Marit Undseth, Policy Analyst (OECD) - New evidence on the Economics of Space Sustainability
  • Mr. Simon Potter, Head of Investment and Financial Consulting (BryceTech) - Launch and spacecraft data: current context and future drivers
  • Mr. Jules Varma, Research Fellow (ESPI) - Entrepreneurship and Investment in the European space sector
  • Ms. Francesca Letizia (ESA) - ESA's Environment Report on Space Debris Mitigation
  • Ms. Natercia Rodrigues, Programme Management Officer (UNOOSA) - Building Transparency through UN Space Objects Register
  • Ms. Tereza Pultarova, Senior Writer ( - Space, Media and the Public: What shapes the perceptions?
  • Q&A segment


2:00-3:30 PM
Webinar 4: Utilizing the ultimate frontier responsibly

Event description

This webinar aims to 1) Discuss policy perspectives for making space activities more sustainable; 2) Brief on the implementation of the LTS guidelines; 3) Debate where we go now after 55 years of OST from the policy perspective.

Link to join the event


  • Mr. Michael Newman (UNOOSA): Brief introduction and housekeeping
  • Mr. Niklas Hedman (UNOOSA) - 65 Sessions of COPUOS & beyond: Space Multilateralism and Governance
  • Mr. Brian Weeden (Secure World Foundation) - Policy Priorities for Addressing Space Sustainability Challenges
  • Mr. Florian Micco (eSpace - EPFL Space Center) - Space Sustainability Rating: a new way to incentivize safer conditions for operating in space
  • Ms. Veronica Cesco (UNOOSA) - The Guidelines for the Long-term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities
  • Ms. Nathalie Ricard (UNOOSA) - Dark and Quiet Skies
  • Q&A segment


Space Sustainability Rating: a new way to incentivize safer conditions for operating in space

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