For information only - not an official document

7 June 2018


Representatives from governments, private sector, civil society, academia and more than 20 space agencies to speak at UNISPACE+50 Symposium

Media representatives are invited to the UNISPACE+50 Symposium on

18 - 19 June 2018

M-Building, Vienna International Centre, Vienna, Austria

VIENNA, 7 June (United Nations Information Service) - Representatives from governments, private sector, civil society, academia and more than 20 space agencies from around the world will speak at the UNISPACE+50 Symposium from 18 to 19 June. They will be joined by United Nations Champion for Space, former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who will deliver a keynote address.

UNISPACE+50, organized by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), will be held from 18 to 21 June 2018 in the M-Building of the Vienna International Centre (VIC). It will consist of two parts: a Symposium on 18 and 19 June, and a High-level Segment on 20 and 21 June.

UNISPACE+50 will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, held in Vienna in 1968, and provide an opportunity for the international community to consider the future course of global space cooperation for the benefit of humankind.

Hundreds of representatives from the space community are expected at UNISPACE+50, including United Nations Member States, Permanent Observers, United Nations entities, space agencies, non-governmental organizations, academia, civil society, students, and the private sector and industry.

The Symposium aims to engage the broader space community in considering current and future space-related issues. It will be held in the M-Plenary room of the VIC. The programme of the Symposium is:


Monday 18 June

Tuesday 19 June

9:30 - 10:00

Opening remarks by United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

Keynote address by  Scott Kelly, United Nations Champion for Space

10:00 - 11:30

Opening panel 

Space and Civil Society panel

12:00 - 13:30

Space and Industries panel

Space for Youth panel

15:00 - 16:30

Space for Women panel

Heads of Space Agencies panel


Speakers at the Symposium include:

A full list of speakers is available at

Other activities

The UNISPACE+50 Symposium will be followed by a UNISPACE+50 High-level Segment from 20 to 21 June, to which media are also invited. Details of the High-level Segment can be found in a separate media advisory available here.

There will also be a number of side events during UNISPACE+50, which are listed in the UNISPACE+50 programme.

In addition, a UNISPACE+50 exhibition featuring more than 40 exhibitors will be held in the Rotunda of the VIC from 18 to 23 June. The exhibition will be open to the public from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Saturday 23 June. Further details on the exhibition can be found here.

Further details about UNISPACE+50, including the full programme, are available at


Media representatives who wish to attend the event, and who are not accredited to the VIC, should write to press[at]

Access to the M-Building is via Gate One of the Vienna International Centre.

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For more information, and to request interviews with Ms. Di Pippo or Mr. Kelly, please contact:

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