Deadline: 26 April 2021
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, recognizes that the empowerment, development, and engagement of youth are goals as
well as a means to build a better world.
UNOOSA works to strengthen international cooperation in space activities and in the use of space science
and technology for achieving sustainable development. UNOOSA is the only United Nations Office entirely
dedicated to outer space activities.
SGAC in support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications is a global non-governmental,
non-profit organization and network representing university students and young space professionals to
the United Nations, space agencies, industry, and academia.
To further promote youth voices, UNOOSA and SGAC have launched an essay competition for students
and young professionals with the aim to highlight practices and experiences on the use of space for
climate mitigation and adaptation.
Youth4Climate2021 – Space as a tool to foster climate adaptation and mitigation Space-based technologies and space-derived data play a key role in climate knowledge, science, monitoring and early warning. Space-based information helps us understand a huge range of community vulnerabilities to climate change. It also helps monitor the effectiveness of policy interventions, from adaptation to mitigation. The role of space for climate action is well documented.
The goals of the Paris Agreement on adaptation are to enhance adaptive capacity and resilience, and to
reduce vulnerability, with a view to contributing to sustainable development. Together with this, countries
have committed to mitigation and agreed to reduce emissions with the aim to limit the global average
temperature increase to 1.5°C and undertake rapid reductions.
Climate change is the defining issue of our time. Action is needed and young people play a key role.
UNOOSA and SGAC want to promote and amplify youth voices on how space can mitigate climate
The competition “Youth4Climate2021 – Space as a tool to foster climate adaptation and
mitigation”, developed under the program All4Climate – Italy 2021, aims at highlighting good practices
and experiences in terms of experimentation, application, evaluation and dissemination of techniques,
methods and innovative approaches that use space to address environmental and climatic challenges,
and that can eventually be applied later on a large scale or in other contexts in line with the objectives set
out in the Paris Agreement.
Participants will submit an essay on “Space as a tool to foster climate mitigation and adaptation”.
Participants will focus on how space can be used to tackle climate challenges by underlining concrete,
realistic and original examples of how space science, technology and its applications can inform and, or
support delivery of actions and commitments for climate change mitigation and adaptation policies at
local, national, regional and, or international levels.
• The competition is open to all students and young professionals from any Member State of the
• All participants shall be of the age between 18 to 35 inclusive (up to the day of your 36th birthday)
on 1 February 2021.
• The competition is open to individuals – no team submission is allowed.
• Competition organizers and judges are not eligible for the competition.
To apply, please register through the Space for Youth Competition Form. Once registered, please send
the essay to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each submission should include the following:
• An essay of no more than 1000 words, bibliography and abstract excluded.
• An abstract of no more than 100 words.
• Winners will be awarded with a trip to the United States to meet with representatives of the U.S.
space sector and attend an Adult Space Camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center1
. Expenses will be covered by the U.S. Mission to the International Organizations in Vienna.
• Winners will participate to an online event organized by the UK Space Agency where UK and US
experts will provide feedback to the winners and, if feasible, support them in developing further
their examples/ideas of space technologies for climate adaptation and mitigation.
• Winners’ essays will be uploaded on the “Space for Youth” webpage of UNOOSA.
• Winners may be invited to attend other events.
For any questions, please contact:
• UNOOSA email@example.com
• SGAC firstname.lastname@example.org
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