Forging partnerships between users and space solution providers

Hui Du, Luc St-Pierre, Eirini Ioanna Vlachopoulou, Jorge Del Rio Vera, Niklas Hedman, Simonetta Di Pippo

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The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), in its capacity as a capacity-builder, a facilitator, and a gateway to space in the United Nations, is leading global efforts in the promotion of international cooperation in the peaceful exploration and use of outer space and in the utilization of space science, technology and applications for the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Besides establishing partnerships with external entities, UNOOSA is also working to facilitate the creation of partnerships among users and space solution providers to support countries, especially developing countries, in achieving the SDGs. Space user needs studies and open access to space solutions are important for enhancing communication between users and providers and raising awareness on needs and solutions. UNOOSA is exploring innovative ways to forge partnerships among users and space solution providers and thus contribute to the implementation of global agendas, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The article is using a series of initiatives implemented by UNOOSA, ranging from the UN/China Forum on Space Solutions: Realizing the Sustainable Development Goals, to capacity-building projects such as the “Space Solutions for the Pacific” project, and tool construction, such as the Space Solutions Compendium, to highlight the importance of partnerships and the role of space technology in achieving the SDGs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberIAC-19_E3_1_1_x49481
JournalProceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
StatePublished - 2019
Event70th International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2019 - Washington, United States
Duration: Oct 21 2019Oct 25 2019


  • Partnerships
  • Solution providers
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • User needs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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