17–19 September 2018
Hyatt Regency Orlando, Orlando, Florida

Action Team on Exploration and Innovation

United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space
14-15 September 2017

Background

In June 2018 the international community will gather in Vienna for UNISPACE+50, a special segment of the 61st session of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. UNISPACE+50 will both celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the first United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and present a unique opportunity to consider the future course of global space cooperation for the benefit of humankind. The shared goal for UNISPACE+50 is to build, together with all stakeholders, a comprehensive Space2030 agenda.

UNISPACE+50 will be informed by seven thematic priorities, which were agreed to by the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in 2016 (A/71/20, para.296). The first of these priorities is: global partnership in space exploration and innovation.

Action Team on Exploration and Innovation

An Action Team has been established as the mechanism to drive this area of work. It works under the coleadership of China, Jordan and the United States, with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs providing substantive and secretariat support. The Action Team on Exploration and Innovation's objectives are to:

  • Raise awareness of space exploration and innovation as essential drivers for opening up new domains in space science and technology, triggering new partnerships and developing capabilities that create new opportunities for addressing global challenges
  • Foster dialogue with the space industry and the private sector
  • Promote cooperation between spacefaring nations and emerging space nations
  • Allow space exploration activities to become open and inclusive on a global scale
  • Identify governance and cooperation mechanisms to support this objective

The Action Team on Exploration and Innovation will consider related topics and produce recommendations.  

Orlando Meeting

The focus of the two day meeting, to be held in connection with the AIAA Space Forum in Orlando, will be on exchanging ideas towards the development of related topics and the Action Team recommendations. Ideas discussed will feed into the report on UNISPACE+50 thematic priority one.

As the Action Team hopes to benefit from the expertise of space exploration and innovation specialists participating in the Space Forum, the entire two day Action Team meeting will be open to all interested Space Forum attendees.

Preliminary Schedule of Meetings

Wednesday, 13 September 1400-1530 hrs
Forum 360 - Global partnerships in space exploration and innovation
  • Kenneth Hodgkins, State Department (Moderator)
  • Simonetta Di Pippo, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
  • JIANG Hui, China National Space Agency
  • Awni Mohammad Al-khasawneh, Royal Jordanian Geographic Center & Regional Center for Space Science and Technology Education for Western Asia
  • Masazumi Miyake, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
  • Commercial Spaceflight Federation 
 Thursday, 14 September 1000-1300 hrs
   
  • High Level Introduction by the Action Team Co-Chairs and the Director of the Office for Outer Space Affairs. Introduction to the work of the Action Team (inter alia, the Action Team’s mandate; placement of the Action Team within the context of the Committee, UNISPACE+50 and Space 2030; national perspectives by the Co-Chairs).
  • Interactive Dialogue: Introduction by the Action Team Co-Chairs and Director of the Office for Outer Space Affairs to the report on thematic priority one and a related exchange of views with Space Forum participants.
   
1400-1700 hrs     Working session on the draft report on thematic priority one. Discussions to focus on matters connected to:
  • Background (scientific exploration, the role of innovation, the human quest to explore); and
  • Raise awareness of space exploration and innovation as essential drivers for opening up new domains in space science and technology, triggering new partnerships and developing capabilities that create new opportunities for addressing global challenges.
 
     
Friday, 15 September
1000-1300 hrs 
  Working session on the draft report. Focus on matters connected to:
  • Foster dialogue with space industry and the private sector;
  • Promote cooperation between spacefaring nations and emerging space nations
  • Allow space exploration activities to become open and inclusive on a global scale; and
 
     
1400-1700 hrs    Working session on the draft report. Focus on matters connected to:
  • Identify governance and cooperation mechanisms to support Action team objectives; and
  • Recommendations
 Closing remarks by the Action Team Co-Chairs and the Director of the Office for Outer Space Affairs


Dates to Remember

  • Open for Abstract: 29 Nov 2017
  • Abstract Deadline: 08 Feb 2018
  • Manuscript Deadline: 16 Aug 2018
  • Early Bird Reg Deadline: 27 Aug 2018
  • Cancellation Deadline: 04 Sep 2018

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