Event:

Governing space activity in the 21st century (WP1526)

This event brought together representatives of government, industry, and the scientific community from developed and developing nations to assess the prospects for improving the governance of human activity in outer space.

The economic security of countries is increasingly reliant on space-based technology and activities. There has also been a significant shift towards industry, rather than government, being primarily responsible for activity in space. Lines between commercial, government and defence systems in space have become blurred, and unilateral space activities are being replaced by bilateral, regional and multinational activities.

The growth in amount of human space-activity, coupled with the increased diversity of space operators, makes it both more complicated and more necessary to develop new norms and rules governing human activity in space. This event heard from a diversity of stakeholders on this topic with a particular emphasis on the voice of industry from emerging and established space faring nations.

Objectives:

  • To engage an international network of technical experts and policymakers to promote informed decision making, responsible behaviour and to share best practice and ideas.
  • To identify the areas of space activity where greater international cooperation is most needed, analyse potential pathways towards formal agreements or treaties, and assess risks and opportunities from a multisector perspective.
  • To work towards creating a more comprehensive rules-based framework on space activities that can underpin behaviour, build trust between states as well non-state actors, and create a formal set of norms for space to guide future developments.

Video

We asked our ‘Space Security’ meeting participants for one way in which space could be made a more stable and predictable resource for all.


Date:
Mon 13 - Wed 15 March, 2017
Venue:

Wiston House

Wilton Park
Wiston House, Steyning
West Sussex
BN44 3DZ
+44 (0) 1903 815 020
For more information see Your stay at Wilton Park

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Event no:
WP1526
Themes:
Defence and security, Human rights, good governance and faith, Sustainable development and the environment
Tags:
space, space security
Fee:

The cost of participation is £1,460. This covers UK travel to and from Wilton Park, 2 nights' accommodation, all meals during the meeting and attendance at all sessions.

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Contacts

Dr Mark Smith: Programme Director

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