The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) are launching an essay competition for students and young professionals. The competition aims at bringing new ideas and proposals to tackle climate challenges using space, thus contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
At the United Nations level, youth development and youth engagement are cross-cutting issues in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The UN Youth Strategy, launched by the Secretary General in September 2018, recognises that young people’s empowerment, development and engagement are goals as well as a means to build a better world.
This Competition aims at giving voice to youth at international level and to show how young people can drive and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, more specifically Goal 13, Climate Change.
Space4Climate – Space as a tool to address climate challenges: examples from local communities.
Climate change is the defining issue of our time. From shifting weather patterns that threaten food production, to rising sea levels that increase the risk of flooding, the impact of climate change is global in scope and unprecedented in scale. Action is needed and young people play a key role. UNOOSA and SGAC want to give a voice to and promote youth’s ideas on how space, in all its aspects, can mitigate climate challenges.
Participants will submit an essay on “Space as a tool to address climate challenges: examples from local communities”. Participants will focus on SDG 13, Climate Action, describing how space can be used to tackle climate challenges underlining concrete, realistic and original examples of how space policy, space law, space technologies and other applications can address climate change in local communities.
Prize: The selected winner(s) will:
-Be invited to participate to SpaceGen United (SGU) online Congress and present his/her essay during one of the planned sessions. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, the event will be organised virtually.
-Have the abstract of the essay submitted in the form of a Conference Room Paper at the Sixty-third session of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, to be presented to delegates from Member States.
-Have the essay uploaded on the “Space for Youth” webpage of UNOOSA.
-Winner(s) may be invited to participate to other events.
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