The Promoting Space Sustainability Project 

Awareness-raising and capacity building related to the implementation of the LTS Guidelines.

 

Introducing the Project

Global investment in and dependency on space activities are increasing rapidly. Such trends underline the need to ensure space activities are sustainable over the long-term. As the UN's dedicated space entity, UNOOSA sits at the crossroads of the global space community and is well placed to bring together both private and public stakeholders from across the community on the subject. The Promoting Space Sustainability Project seeks to raise global awareness of the importance of space sustainability and to foster related capacity-building services for emerging space-faring nations.

The Project is delivered in the context of the landmark Guidelines for the Long-Term Sustainability Outer Space Activities of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space  (the LTS Guidelines), adopted by the Committee in 2019. The LTS Guidelines, welcomed with appreciation by the UN General Assembly in 2019, include a preamble and 21 voluntary guidelines that address; a) policy and regulatory framework; b) safety of space operations; c) international cooperation, capacity building and awareness; and d) scientific and technical research and development.

It is this context that the Promoting Space Sustainability Project would like to drive attention to the urgency of responsible and sustainable behaviour in outer space, and to recognize the impact of our activities today, to ensure our capabilities for tomorrow.  

Event Series

In its first phase, the Project will convene a series of multi-stakeholder virtual events. The events will facilitate peer-to-peer dialogue and an exchange of existing sustainable space activities mapped in the context of the areas covered by the LTS Guidelines. Each event will see contributors from across the international space sector presenting short operational case-studies at the event. The events are tailored to raise awareness about space sustainability and, through sharing operational case-studies and lessons learnt, facilitate capacity building for other operators and stakeholders looking to enhance the sustainability of their own space activities.

Event One: Commercial Space Sector

Time: AM session 10:30 - 12:15 PM session 14:00 - 15:30 (CET)

Date: February 9, 2021

Speakers: a global selection from the commercial space sector 

Format: Two sessions, built around a series of presentations of operational case studies, illustrating examples of sustainable space activities from industry and the private sector and mapped into the context of relevant areas covered by the LTS Guidelines. Each session will end with an open, informal Q&A period focusing on the case studies.

Agenda: click here to see the list of speakers and programme 

Presentations:

Case Studies:

Video Recordings

 

Event Two: Space Agency Operators 

Time: AM session 10:30 - 12:15 PM session 14:00 - 15:30 (CET)

Date: February 25, 2021

Speakers: a global selection from national and regional space agencies

Format: Two sessions, built around a series of presentations of operational case studies, illustrating examples of sustainable space activities from operators working in space agencies around the world. Such examples will be mapped into the context of relevant areas covered by the LTS Guidelines. Each session will end with an open, informal Q&A period focusing on the case studies.

 

Event Three: National Regulators and Policymakers

Time: AM session 10:30 - 12:15 PM session 14:00 - 15:30 (CET)

Date: March 15, 2021

Speakers: a global selection from national regulators working on space-related matters

Format: Two sessions, built around a series of presentations of operational case studies, illustrating examples of sustainable space activities from national regulators working on space-related activities and mapped into the context of relevant areas covered by the LTS Guidelines. Each session will end with an open, informal Q&A period focusing on the case studies.

Agenda: click here to see the list of speakers and programme

Sponsor

The Promoting Space Sustainability Project is made possible with thanks to the generous support of the United Kingdom Space Agency.

Please see the UNOOSA/UKSA press release (26 January 2021) for further details.

 

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