Report on the World Space Week 2006: Space for Saving Lives By United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
Publisher: United Nations Publications 2007-07-30 | 60 Pages | ISBN: 9211011523 | PDF | 2.7 MB
This report provides background information on World Space Week, details of the programmes implemented during the 2006 celebration and suggestions for future celebrations of what has become the largest annual public space event worldwide. Held from 4 to 10 October annually, World Space Week was declared in 1999 by the United Nations General Assembly in response to a key recommendation of the Third United Nations
Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III). The objective of World Space Week is to increase awareness among decision-makers and the public of the benefits of the peaceful uses of space.
Since its declaration, World Space Week has grown to include celebrations in some 40 to 50 nations. This year’s report includes information on celebrations of World Space Week held by participating organizations such as government agencies, companies, schools, museums, planetariums and other institutions. A total of 42 nations reported participation. A global network of 58 national coordinators supports participants and promotes the celebration. World Space Week attracts global attention to space through synchronized outreach and education activities,. Through media coverage and attendance, World Space Week activities efficiently inform the public about the benefits of space while inspiring students to excel.
The theme of World Space Week 2006 was “Space for Saving Lives.” Events focused on the many ways in which space can help protect and save human life. The theme for World Space Week 2007, the fiftieth anniversary of the Space Age, will be “50 Years in Space.” By synchronizing as many events as possible during World Space Week, the global space community draws greater public attention to space than can be achieved through events held over the course of the year. Organizations around the world are therefore invited to hold space-related outreach and educational programmes from 4 to 10 October annually in order to publicize and report on such programmes and, where possible, to provide voluntary support for the coordination of World Space Week activities. This call to action is especially important in preparation for the fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of the Space Age in 2007.
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