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    UNIS/MA/146
    23 September 2016

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs at the 67 th International Astronautical Congress

    23 - 30 September 2016
    Expo Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico

    VIENNA, 23 September (UN Information Service) - The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) will be actively participating in the upcoming 67 th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Guadalajara, Mexico, to raise awareness of its work.

    For the first time UNOOSA will have a booth at the IAC exhibition where visitors can learn about UNOOSA's activities and speak to UNOOSA staff. UNOOSA will hold a joint media briefing with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) about the first round of the KiboCUBE initiative as well as its upcoming second round. UNOOSA will also host a joint press conference with Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) to announce further details of the UNOOSA-SNC Dream Chaser ® space mission for United Nations Member States. Both events are open to IAC participants and accredited media.

    UNOOSA Director, Simonetta Di Pippo, and UNOOSA staff will present a number of technical papers during the Congress. UNOOSA will host a Global Networking Forum (GNF) panel on UNISPACE+50 and the future of space. Ms Di Pippo will also speak at a Women in Aerospace (WIA) GNF panel on diversity and development, as well as a WIA breakfast event on space for women. Ms Di Pippo and Chief of UNOOSA's Space Applications Section Luc St-Pierre will speak at a GNF event for emerging countries.

    The 25 th United Nations/International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Workshop on Space Technology for Socio-Economic Benefits will precede the IAC. The focus of this year's workshop is "Integrated Space Technologies and Applications for a Better Society". The workshop will bring together policy- and decision-makers from around the world to learn from international experts about how to use space science, technologies and their applications for sustainable economic, social and environmental development. The workshop will consist of roundtable discussions, technical and expert presentations, and a poster exhibit. The outcomes of the workshop will contribute to the UNISPACE+50 preparatory process.

    UNISPACE+50 will be a special segment of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in June 2018. It will commemorate the 50 th anniversary of the first United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and set the future course of global space cooperation for the benefit of humankind.

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    Details of UNOOSA-hosted events:

    UN/IAF Workshop on Space Technology for Socio-Economic Benefits
    Friday 23 to Sunday 25 September
    Hilton Guadalajara
    More information, including programme: http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/ourwork/psa/schedule/2016/workshop_mexico_uniaf.html

    UNOOSA booth at IAC exhibition
    Monday 26 to Friday 30 September
    Booth B3, Jalisco Room, Expo Guadalajara

    UNOOSA-JAXA media briefing on first round of KiboCUBE initiative
    Monday 26 September
    5.30pm - 6.00pm
    UNOOSA booth (booth B3), Jalisco Room, Expo Guadalajara
    Speakers:
    Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of UNOOSA
    Koichi Wakata, JAXA International Space Station Programme Manager
    Mwangia Mbuthia, University of Nairobi

    UNOOSA-SNC press conference on Dream Chaser ® opportunities for United Nations Member States
    Tuesday 27 September
    11.00am - 11.45am
    UNOOSA booth (booth B3), Jalisco Room, Expo Guadalajara
    Speakers:
    Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of UNOOSA
    Mark Sirangelo, SNC corporate vice president for Space Systems

    UNOOSA Global Networking Forum panel on UNISPACE+50 and the Future of Space
    Wednesday 28 September
    1.30pm - 2.30pm
    Guadalajara Hall 8, Expo Guadalajara
    Speakers:
    Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of UNOOSA
    David Kendall, Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space
    Jean-Yves Le Gall, President of the Centre National d'études spatiales and incoming President of the IAF
    Li Xinjun, Secretary-General of the Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization
    Valanathan Munsami, Chair of the African Union Space Working Group

    Technical papers:

    UNOOSA staff will present the following technical papers on UNOOSA's activities:

    • The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and its Contributions to Implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - B1. Earth Observation Symposium
    • Space Technology and Applications for Monitoring and Protecting Biodiversity and Ecosystems: A New Thematic Priority of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications - B1. Earth Observation Symposium
    • Capacity Building in Space Technology Development: Activities of the United Nations Basic Space Technology Initiative - B4. 23rd IAA Symposium on Small Satellite Missions
    • Four Pillars to Address the Future of Space - D4. 14th IAA Symposium on Visions and Strategies for the Future
    • The United Nations Human Space Technology Initiative in the Period 2015 - 2016 - E3. 29th IAA Symposium on Space Policy, Regulations and Economics
    • Global Space Governance and the Future of Space - E3. 29th IAA Symposium on Space Policy, Regulations and Economics
    • Ten Years of Knowledge and Experience under UN-SPIDER to Bring Space-based Data and Information in Disaster Management - E5. 27th IAA Symposium on Space and Society

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    Media representatives who would like to request interviews should contact:

    Daria  Brankin
    United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) 
    Telephone: +43 699 1459 8718
    Email: daria.brankin[at]unoosa.org