Inter-Agency Meeting on Outer Space Activities: 2018, Thirty-eighth session
The 38th session of the United Nations Inter-Agency Meeting on Outer Space Activities is organized by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Partnerships. UN-Space is a long-standing (set up in mid-1970s) mechanism aiming to promote collaboration, synergy, exchange of information and coordination of plans and programmes of United Nations entities (departments, offices, funds, programmes and specialized agencies) in the implementation of activities involving the use of space technology and its applications.
The session will be structured in the form of a workshop, in line with the agreement reached by UN-Space at its thirty-seventh session to “organize a workshop in New York in the second half of 2018 to consider public/private partnership models and cooperation with the private sector to increase the use of space science, technology and applications for economic growth and sustainable development, as well as the legal and ethical aspects of cooperation models involving non-State actors”.
The workshop will be a forum to share experiences in forming partnerships in the implementation of specific mandates of individual UN entities, focusing both on space-related activities and on UN-wide rules and practices that are of relevance to space-related cooperation. Participants will identify challenges in building successful partnerships with partners outside the United Nations system in support of the sustainable development agenda and share practices to overcome those challenges. Workshop participants will share information on future plans and programmes of common interest for cooperation and exchange of views on space-related activities, undertaken by their entities, with the focus on cooperation with private sector. The event will also provide networking opportunities to build stronger partnership also within the United Nations system.