In this webinar, we will hear the winners of the UNOOSA/SGAC Space4Youth competition, that asked young people worldwide contributions to leverage space applications for sustainable development, present their ideas.
VIENNA, 8 September 2020—The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) announced the winners of the second Space4Youth Competition, that asked youth all over the world to provide their ideas and examples from their community to leverage space for Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action.
On 8 Sep. at 15:00 CET, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and and SGAC will host a special webinar to announce the winners of the Space4Youth competition, which asked young people from all over the world for ideas on how to use space to counteract climate change.
Climate change is the defining issue of our time. From shifting weather patterns that threaten food production, to rising sea levels that increase the risk of flooding, the impact of climate change is global in scope and unprecedented in scale. Action is needed and young people play a key role. UNOOSA and SGAC want to give a voice to and promote youth’s ideas on how space, in all its aspects, can mitigate climate challenges.
In May 2018, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Chinese Manned Space Agency (CMSA) announced a call for projects, open to all countries of the United Nations, to be flown aboard the Chinese Space Station in 2022. In total, 42 projects were presented from 27 different countries. From that, 17 were shortlisted at the beginning of 2019 and finally, last Wednesday during the general session of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, a list of the final 9 selected projects was disclosed; one of these selected projects was presented by six SGAC members from Peru, Colombia and Spain, in the Peruvian and the Spanish chapters of The Mars Society.