Africa Space Week - Space Law Workshop

Registration for Space Law for New Space Actors-Africa Space Week

The African Union Heads of State and Government adopted the African Space Policy and Strategy on January 31, 2016 during their 26 th Ordinary Session, and further adopted the Statutes of the African Space Agency in 2018, establishing the Agency as an Organ of the African Union. These are the first concrete instruments towards realizing an African outer-space programme of the AU Agenda 2063.

The Commission through the African Space Dialogue identified the need for an annual Africa Space Week as an annual high-level forum for African Space policy makers, leaders, industry, academia and users to engage on the pertinent matters regarding space in Africa. The inaugural Africa Space Week is a hybrid event to be held on 6-10 September 2021, in Nairobi, Kenya in collaboration with the Kenya Space Agency. The event is preceded by the Virtual Introductory Technical Advisory Mission and Training for policy makers in Africa co-organized with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) on 4th September 2021.

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) works to promote international cooperation in the peaceful use and exploration of space, and in the utilisation of space science and technology for sustainable economic and social development. The Office assists any United Nations Member States to establish legal and regulatory frameworks to govern space activities and strengthens the capacity of developing countries to use space science technology and applications for development by helping to integrate space capabilities into national development programmes. Since the Outer Space Treaty (OST) of 1968, governments have agreed, through the UN, a growing list of treaties, principals and guidelines that, collectively, constitute the normative framework governing activities in outer space. This framework has been instrumental in sustaining over half a century of exponential growth in space activities.

Owing to the expanding global space economy, and the need for newly-faring and non-space faring Nations to be aware of the space governance, AUC and UNOOSA will provide awareness with focus on international space law in the small satellites regime.

The Introductory Technical Advisory Mission will be a one-day event held online on 4 September 2021 focusing on the regulation of small satellites. This event will take place during the African Space Week 2021 to raise awareness, promote adherence to the five United Nations treaties on outer space and to assist States in building their capacity in space law, and examine and compare various contemporary legal issues arising from the technology advancement focusing on regulation of small satellite activities.

Delegates are nominated by countries and they should fill their details below.