Youth4Climate 2021

Space as a tool to foster climate mitigation and adaptation

Call for Essays

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, in collaboration with the Space Generation Advisory Council, is launching the 2021 edition of the Space4Youth Competition!

Are you passionate about space and climate?

Climate change is the defining issue of our time. Young people play a key role. UNOOSA and SGAC want to give a voice to and promote youth’s ideas on how space can foster climate adaptation and mitigation.

Interested? Apply and become the next Space4Youth Competition Winner!

2019 and 2020 Space4Youth Competition Winners



Submit an essay on “Space as a tool to foster climate mitigation and adaptation“. We want to hear from you how space can be used to tackle climate challenges underlining concrete, realistic and original examples of how space science, technology and its applications can foster actions and commitments for mitigation and adaptation policies at local, national, regional and/or international levels.

To apply, please read the guidelines and rules in the call for essays. Submissions must be received by 26 April 2021, 23:59 GMT.

The Competition is open to all students and young professionals from any Member States of the United Nations.



In view of the 26th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26), which will be held in Glasgow in November 2021, Italy will host in Milan from September 28th to October 2nd, the preparatory ministerial meeting (PreCOP) and “Youth4Climate2021: Driving Ambition“, the international climate event dedicated to young people.

The competition Youth4Climate2021 – Space as a tool to foster climate adaptation and mitigation is developed under the program  All4Climate – Italy 2021, the official calendar of events that will take place during the year with the aim of promoting 2021 as the year of the Climate Ambition.



Three winners will have access to incredible prizes! Check out the experience of 2019 Competition winners and information about 2020 winners. Listen what they say about the Competition here!

  • The U.S. is pleased to support this year’s Space4Youth competition by providing winners with a trip to the United States to meet with representatives of the U.S. space sector and attend a Space Camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.*
  • The UK Space Agency is pleased to organize an event with UK and US experts who will provide further feedback to the winners and, if feasible, support them in developing further their examples/ideas of space technologies for climate adaptation and mitigation.
  • Winners’ essays will be uploaded on the “Space for Youth” webpage of UNOOSA.
  • Winner(s) may be invited to participate to other events.

Do not miss this opportunity!

* Confirmation and satisfaction of U.S. visa approval will be required. Given COVID-19 related travel restrictions, the trip dates are not confirmed yet. Expenses will be covered by the U.S. Mission to the International Organizations in Vienna.