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United Nations/Austria World Space Forum ‘Access to Space4All’

Vienna International Centre (VIC), Vienna, Austria, 18 – 22 November 2019

Co-organized by The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and The Federal Ministry of the Republic of Austria Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT)

Co-sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA)

Supported by Federal Ministry of the Republic of Austria for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs (BMEIA), Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)



Please note that the participation is limited and upon the receipt of an official confirmation letter only. You will only receive an official invitation letter upon successful application with further information. Registration deadline for funded participants: 27.09.2019. Please make sure to submit all required documents as requested in the registration portal at latest by 27.09.2019.


The year 2018 was exciting for the international community, with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) hosting UNISPACE+50, which celebrated the 50 th anniversary of the United Nations Conference on Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE). The event brought over 800 participants from all over the world together in Vienna, including representatives from over 30 space agencies. A key policy outcome of UNISPACE+50 was the international community’s agreement, endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly (A/RES/73/91), to establish a Space2030 agenda. The Space2030 agenda is envisioned as a comprehensive strategy for reaffirming and strengthening the contribution of space activities and technologies to the achievement of global agendas such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.


Launching in November 2019, the WORLD SPACE FORUM is a new 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 of international cooperation along the pillars of space economy, space society, space accessibility and space diplomacy.

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.

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

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.

The United Nations / Austria WORLD SPACE FORUM will therefore focus on ‘Access to Space4All’, with the goal of leveraging space technologies to their full potential in order to achieve sustainable economic and social development globally.

Who should attend

The  WORLD SPACE FORUM in Vienna will bring together experts and policymakers from regional, national and local institutions, private organizations, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations and international organizations, who will exchange views on the four pillars of  space economy, space society, space accessibility and space diplomacy.

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