'Space2030 - New era in space partnerships'

Simonetta Di Pippo, Markus Woltran, Martin Staško

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The beginning of the space age in the 1950s opened a new unexplored chapter for humanity with implications for the very functioning of our society. The applicability of today's space technology is incredibly broad, however, resulting from its central importance the increasing number of actors has strong implications for the future of utilizing outer space, as these changes are inevitably influencing the overall governance and nature of space activities. To address the growing complexity of outer space activities, the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) mandated the Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) to organize a milestone event (UNISPACE+50) in June 2018 with its High-level segment constituting the first two days of the 61st session of the Committee. One of the aims of UNISPACE+50 was to promote the “Space2030 agenda� and to address the use of space technologies and applications for everyone, everywhere supporting the three main global United Nations frameworks; the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris climate agreement and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. UNOOSA sees the cornerstone of the “Space2030� in building stronger partnerships and strengthening international cooperation and coordination in the peaceful uses of outer space at all levels in consonance with the targets of Goal (SDG) 17 'Partnerships for the goals' by recognizing and taking advantage of the benefits of partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society. In line with UNOOSA's commitment to address these issues, a number of flagship events were held as part of the preparations for UNISPACE+50 under the seven thematic priorities defined by COPUOS in 2015 with the aim to bring together and engage with experts from various fields of the space sector and collect recommendations that could serve as an inspiration for the elaboration of the “Space2030� agenda. This paper will analyse the interconnection of Space2030 with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs, with special focus on Goal 17 'Partnership for the goals' through UNOOSA's past, present and future engagement with relevant stakeholders in the space sector.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalProceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
StatePublished - 2018
Event69th International Astronautical Congress: #InvolvingEveryone, IAC 2018 - Bremen, Germany
Duration: Oct 1 2018Oct 5 2018


  • International cooperation
  • Space governance
  • Space2030
  • Space4SDGs
  • United Nations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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