On the 20th November 2019, The National Space Science Agency, represented by Dr Mohamed Al Othman, attended the World Space Forum 2019, in Vienna – Austria, titled ‘Access to Space for All’. The forum was organized by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and co-sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA).

Launched in November 2019, the World Space Forum is a new event series hosted by the United Nations, that is built on the recommendations generated at three High-Level Fora held from 2016 to 2018. The sequence of Fora demonstrated the growing interest of an increasing number of actors in discussing the future of space and of international cooperation along the pillars of space economy, space society, space accessibility and space diplomacy.

Dr Mohamed Al Othman commented “It was a privilege to attend such a significant event, that brought together experts and policymakers from regional, national and local institutions, private organizations, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations and international organizations, who exchanged views on the four pillars of space economy, space society, space accessibility and space diplomacy”.

  • Space economy: is defined as the full range of activities and use of resources that create and provide value and benefits to human beings in the course of exploring, understanding and utilizing space.
  • Space society: refers to a society that carries out its core functions while making the best use of space technologies and space-based services and applications.
  • Space accessibility including its subset Data accessibility: refers to all user communities and decision-makers being able, on an equal basis, to benefit from and use space technologies and space-based data.
  • Space diplomacy: defined as cooperation among nations in using space technologies and applications to address common challenges facing humanity and to build constructive, knowledge-based partnerships.

Dr Mohamed Al Aseeri, NSSA CEO commented “The NSSA represents and reflects the Kingdom in the international space community through active participation and contribution to key international organizations and forums related to outer space. Additionally, the Agency participations have created many opportunities for cooperating with international entities in addition to learning about the latest technologies and trends in space science, applications and technology”.

Details of the World Space Forum report, presentations and other useful information are found on this link.