UN/Austria World Space Forum 2023 - Space 4 Our Common Future

12. - 14. December 2023
Vienna International Centre (VIC), Vienna, AT

The World Space Forum 2023 will promote and strengthen dialogue on space solutions that support the policy areas identified as critical to our common future. It will provide a set of practical recommendations to maximize the opportunities space solutions offer as input for the UN-Summit of the Future 2024 and the Pact of the Future that Member States will adopt in 2024.


  • United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)
  • Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK)
  • Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs (BMEIA)


The 5th World Space Forum (WSF) came to a successful close.

This WSF 2023 was conceived as a multi-stakeholder dialogue in preparation for the Summit of the Future.

Nearly 250 participants from 70 nations discussed how to communicate the benefits of space dato to those in need, how to enhance the contribution of Earth observation and artificial intellingence for future emergency platforms, how to embedd space into development policy and policy development and the challenge of debris limits and solutions for Space sustainability.

A big part of the World Space Forum was dedicated to discuss how to prepare the ground for the Summit of the Future.

In addition to member states, major groups and other stakeholders, other civil society networks and organizations, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and academia were invited to provide written inputs for the preparation of the zero-draft of the Pact for the Future. The deadline for the submission of written inputs was 31. December 2023.

The next World Space Forum will take part from 3.-5. December 2024 in Bonn, Germany on the topic" Sustainbale space for sustainability on earth".

More information about the WSF 2024 will be shared through the UNOOSA website.


Content Description

World Space Forum 2023

The World Space Forum event series aims at strengthening partnerships and promoting ongoing dialogue among the global community on a wide range of space issues to facilitate socioeconomic sustainable development.


Session I: Space Communication

Recent crises have shown the importance of clear and evidence-based information. With the facts on the table and science constantly revealing new interconnections, the question is how we can move from knowledge to action. How can we encourage the use of data and information (from space)? Successful communication is not only necessary to ensure the effectiveness of policies, but also to strengthen trust in policies.

Session II: Emergency Platforms

Earth observation systems and satellite navigation technologies provide indispensable tools and can effectively contribute to improve people's lives, to enhance the preparedness for and mitigation of the consequences of disasters. This session will explore the contribution of space applications and space solutions to the international response of future complex global shocks as defined in the respective Policy Brief.

Session III: Global Digital Compact

It has been proposed that the United Nations, Governments, the private sector and civil society could come together as a multi-stakeholder digital technology track in preparation for the Summit of the Future to agree on a Global Digital Compact. The Global Digital Compact is expected to "outline shared principles for an open, free and secure digital future for all". This session would outline the contribution of space data and solutions to an open, free and secure digital future for all.

Session IV: Future Generations

To guarantee that future generations can enjoy the benefits space offers, cooperation and multilateral action is required today to protect the sustainability of the space environment. How can existing networks leverage each other and what additional efforts would be needed to ensure sustainability of Outer Space for present and future generations.

Session V: Outer Space and the Summit of the Future

To achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, it is crucial to broaden the use of space data and provide access to space and its benefits for all people everywhere. How can Member States and the UN-Committee for the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space Affairs and the broader stakeholders support the accelerated implementation of the 2030 Agenda? What do we need to do now to prepare for a good future after 2030?

Target Audience

The World Space Forum brings together experts and policymakers from regional, national and local institutions, private organizations, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations and international organizations.

The organizers strive to support gender mainstreaming in their programmes and are committed to achieving a balanced representation of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Contact Address

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
E-Mail: worldspaceforum@un.org