World Space Week 2020 webinar series on "Satellites to improve lives"

In its resolution of 6 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly declared 4-10 October "World Space Week" to celebrate each year at the international level the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition.

The theme of this year's World Space Week is: "Satellites improve lives".

Satellites are unique allies that allow us to make better informed decisions. By providing us with images and data that would not otherwise be accessible, satellite technology offers governments and organisations superior information to shape policymaking, for the benefit of all. Just to cite a few examples of their uses, satellites help us plan responses in case of disasters; support the planning of humanitarian aid; help us find suitable locations for sustainable energy production; enable access to services such as healthcare advice and education even in remote locations; help us improve sustainable agriculture and water management; and identify the most efficient transport routes.

UNOOSA works to ensure that all countries and their people, independently of their socio-economic conditions or location, can take advantage of these benefits. We do this by reducing barriers for developing countries in particular to access space; by promoting international cooperation and cross-sector partnerships to share skills and know-how; and by offering training, expertise and advice to governments, organisations and individuals to seize the benefits of space applications.

In this series of webinars, we will present some of our initiatives focused on satellites. We will also hear from the winners of our Space4Youth competition their ideas to leverage satellites for sustainable development.

The webinars will take place on Microsoft Teams.

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

Webinar 1

Title

Voices from global youth on leveraging satellites for better lives: the winners of the UNOOSA/SGAC Space4Youth competition

Date

Monday 5 October 2020

Time

14:00 CET

Duration

1.0 hours

Link to join the event

https://bit.ly/3lbtqJB

Live event description

In this webinar, we will hear the winners of the UNOOSA/SGAC Space4Youth competition, that asked young people worldwide contributions to leverage space applications for sustainable development, present their ideas.

The competition has been generously supported by the U.S. Mission to the International Organizations in Vienna.

The event will be followed by a short Q&A with the winners.

Agenda

  • Veronica Cesco (UNOOSA): Introduction to the Space4Youth competition (5 min)
  • Matteo Cappella (Operations Manager, SGAC): SGAC and the Space4Youth Competition (3 min)
  • Courtney Mazzone (Deputy Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Mission to the International Organizations): The U.S. support for the Space4Youth Initiative (5 min)
  • Arthur Nielsen Demain (winner of 1 st edition of the Space4Youth competition): Launching the satellites within: a paper on how design thinking can empower the youth to accelerate space and peace in vulnerable communities (7 min)
  • George Profitiliotis, winner of 1 st edition of the Space4Youth competition): Potential synergies between Space Exploration and Sustainable Development on Earth, in light of SDG 15 - Life on Land (7 min)
  • Satrio Wicaksono, winner of 2 nd edition of the Space4Youth competition: Empowering local youth to tackle tropical deforestation via space data (7 min)
  • Tsz Long So, winner of 2 nd edition of the Space4Youth competition: Space as a tool to address climate change challenges: the case of Hong Kong (7 min)
  • Q&A moderated by Hazuki Mori (10 min)  

 

Webinar 2

Title

The work of UNOOSA helping all countries access satellite technology 

Date

Wednesday 7 October 2020

Time

15:00 CET

Duration

1.30 h

Link to join the event

https://bit.ly/3cEpi1E

Live event description

In this webinar, we are going to present how UNOOSA helps countries and communities access satellite applications for use in various areas, including for capacity-building in space research and exploration, for GNSS, and for disaster risk reduction. The event will be followed by a short Q&A.

Agenda

  • Video message from UNOOSA Director Simonetta Di Pippo: Why satellites matter (5 min)
  • Jorge Del Rio Vera, UNOOSA: Opportunities to develop and deploy satellites with UNOOSA under the Access to Space 4 All Initiative (20 min)
  • Coen Bussink, UNOOSA: Satellites for enhancing disaster resilience - the work of UN-SPIDER (20 min)
  • Sharafat Gadimova, UNOOSA: Satellites for GNSS - the role of International Committee on GNSS (20 min)
  • Q&A moderated by Ottavia Pesce, UNOOSA (20 min)

 

 

Webinar 3

Title

Enabling more countries to access space through the KiboCUBE opportunity

Date

Friday 9 October 2020

Time

13:00 CEST

Duration

1 hour

Link to join the event

https://bit.ly/30vjliL

Live event description

In this webinar, we will hear from past winners of the KiboCUBE programme, which is a joint collaboration of UNOOSA and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

KiboCUBE provides institutions from developing countries with the chance to develop a cube satellite to be deployed free of cost from the Japanese module of the International Space Station. The programme has already enabled Kenya and Guatemala to deploy their first satellite.

We will also hear from UNOOSA and JAXA about the milestones of the programme so far and its ambitions for the future.

Agenda

  • Jorge Del Rio Vera (UNOOSA): Introduction to the Access to Space 4 All Initiative (5 min)
  • Hazuki Mori (UNOOSA): The KiboCUBE programme: milestones and future rounds (5 min)
  • Yasuko Shibano (Lead Engineer for KiboCUBE, JEM Utilization Center, Human Spaceflight Technology Directorate, JAXA): How JAXA contributes to KiboCUBE and the future ambition of the programme (5min)
  • Presentations from past winners of KiboCUBE
    • Guatemala: Prof. Victor Hugo Ayerdi Bardales/ Head of Mechanical Engineering, Universidad Del Valle De Guatemala (5 min) 
    • Mauritius: Dr Vickram Bissonauth/ Research Coordinator, Mauritius Research and Innovation Council (5 min)
    • Indonesia: Mr. Setra Yoman Prahyang / Project Leader, Surya University (5 min)
    • Moldova: Prof. Viorel Bostan/ Rector, Technical University of Moldova (5 min)
    • Central American Integration System (SICA): Mr. Carlos Enrique Alvarado Briceño/ Vice-President Costa Rica Society of Engineers and Architects (CFIA)
  • Round table with the winners, moderated by UNOOSA (20 min)
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