Press Release

World Space Week to Highlight Space Solutions For Sustainable Development

By SpaceRef Editor
October 4, 2004
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VIENNA, 4 October (UN Information Service) – Events in almost 50
countries around the world are planned as part of this year’s international
celebration of World Space Week, which takes place annually from 4 to 10
October. The theme for the 5th World Space Week is “Space and Sustainable

World Space Week celebrates the contributions of space science and
technology to the betterment of the human condition. Endorsed by the United
Nations General Assembly in December 1999, it marks the anniversary of two
milestones in the human exploration and use of outer space: the launch of
the first artificial satellite, SPUTNIK I, on 4 October 1957, and the entry
into force of the Treaty Governing the Activities of States in the
Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other
Celestial Bodies, which took place on 10 October 1967.

“Space technology can be used in various fields to promote sustainable
development, such as water resources management, agriculture, disaster
mitigation, humanitarian assistance, education and public health,” said
Sergio Camacho-Lara, Director of the Vienna-based United Nations Office for
Outer Space Affairs (OOSA). “World Space Week reminds us that the benefits
of outer space should accrue to humans around the world, particularly in
developing countries.”

Worldwide events scheduled for World Space Week are coordinated by
Spaceweek International Association, a non-governmental, educational
organization. Some highlights of the activities planned for World Space
Week 2004 include the Space Generation Congress in Vancouver, Canada, where
approximately 200 young adults will discuss their visions of the future
utilization and exploration of space; a Space Youth Internet Forum in
Tashkent, Uzbekistan; a World Space Poster Exhibition at the SOS Children’s
Village in Asiakwa, Ghana; a video-conference that will allow students from
different schools on the Atlantic Coast of Colombia to ask members of the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the United States (NASA)
questions about the role that space technology can play in sustainable
development; and a competition entitled “The First Human Expedition to
Planet Mars” in Hungary, where children will have to demonstrate the field
work that the first humans on the surface of Mars will need to undertake.

School children from Vienna will have the opportunity to visit the
United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs in the Vienna International
Centre on 8 October. They will hold a mock United Nations conference, where
they will compare and discuss their different ideas about an ideal planet.
Following the conference, the children will meet with an OOSA
representative, to hand over drawings of their ideal planet, which will be
displayed at the OOSA Permanent Space Exhibit in the Vienna International

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA) implements the
decisions of the General Assembly and of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses
of Outer Space and its two Subcommittees, the Scientific and Technical
Subcommittee and the Legal Subcommittee. The Office is responsible for
promoting international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space,
and assisting developing countries in using space science and technology.
Located in Vienna, Austria, OOSA maintains a website at

SpaceRef staff editor.