Space Generation Forum, UNISPACE III
Space Generation Forum 1999
On the occasion of the Third United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III), the United Nations agreed that an international youth forum for university students, graduate students and young professionals should be organized by the alumni of the International Space University. The event was called the Space Generation Forum (SGF)and was held in conjunction with the UNISPACE III Conference in Vienna, Austria, from 19-30 July 1999.
- The purpose of SGF was to bring together nations experts on space from industry and government world-wide to discuss the human uses of space in the 21st century.
- To come up with goals for human/global uses of space, ideas for improving the current space industry and the uses of space technology in our lives.
- To compile a list of recommendations and advice for governments to improve the global human use of space
The SGF delegates represented the voice of the world's youth at UNISPACE III. The discussions at UNISPACE III redefined the international space agenda and layed new ground for international co-operation in space-related activities. The Space Generation Forum therefore presented young space professionals with an unprecedented opportunity to bring their vision and perspective on what should be the focus of space activities in the next century, to the current leaders and decision makers in the space arena, as well as contribute to shaping humankind's future in outer space. The recommendations of the Space Generation Forum complemented the governmental discussions in the UNISPACE III Committees by generating fresh ideas, alternative scenarios and new insights from the viewpoint of highly qualified young space professionals