PRESS RELEASE: U.S. Mission Partners with UNOOSA to Send Space4Youth Competition Winners to IAC

The three winners of the 2019 Space4Youth competition on a Skype call with UNOOSA and the U.S. Mission earlier in October. (USUNVIE)

U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna

Vienna, Austria

October 17, 2019



U.S. Mission Partners with UNOOSA to Send Space4Youth Competition Winners to International Astronautical Congress in Washington, DC

The U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna has partnered with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) to send the three winners of UNOOSA’s Space for Youth Competition to Washington, D.C. later this month. The three winners, hailing from Greece, Serbia, and the Philippines, will attend the 27th Workshop on Space Technology for Socio-Economic Benefits from October 18 to 20, organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and UNOOSA, and will remain in Washington to attend the 70th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) from October 21 to 25.

Earlier this year UNOOSA and the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) hosted a video/essay competition asking youth (ages 18-35) from all over the world to provide examples of how space can help countries pursue their development goals. Over 135 young people from 40 countries took part in the competition. UNOOSA selected three contest winners: Georgios Profitiliotis from Greece, Arthur Nielsen Demain from the Philippines, and Milica Milosev from Serbia.

While in Washington, the three contest winners will serve as rapporteurs at IAF sessions and will participate in a special event on Space4Youth during the IAC, where they will pitch their ideas on how to leverage space for advancing sustainable development to space leaders who will act as mentors and support them in taking their projects to the next level.

“The United States believes that the peaceful exploration and use of outer space benefits all countries,” said Ambassador Jackie Wolcott, U.S. Ambassador at the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna. “We are happy to partner with UNOOSA on yet another excellent initiative that facilitates youth engagement on the peaceful uses of outer space and showcases U.S. leadership in discovery and space exploration.”

UNOOSA Director Simonetta Di Pippo commented that “as the UN’s gateway to space, UNOOSA enables young people’s contributions as agents of change in international cooperation in outer space. We are proud to witness the results of the first edition of this competition, which allowed these young and talented people to bring their ideas and contribution to two of the most high-level events in the space sector worldwide.”

The participation of the three winners at the IAC is being funded by the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna through appropriations made by Congress to the U.S. Department of State to support international educational and cultural exchange programs.

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