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Re: 'United States Space Foundation'?

From: Matt Little <blittle1@bellsouth.net>
Date: Mon, 5 Apr 1999 15:55:24 -0500
Fwd Date: Mon, 05 Apr 1999 20:13:54 -0400
Subject: Re: 'United States Space Foundation'?


>Date: Mon, 05 Apr 1999 11:29:03 +0100
>Subject: 'United States Space Foundation'?
>From: Bob Shell <bob@bobshell.com>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>

>Anybody know what the United States Space Foundation is?


I have seen this somewhere in these documents.

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT UNISPACE III

What:  Third United Nations Global Conference on the Exploration
and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III). The theme of
the Conference is "Space Benefits for Humanity in the
Twenty-first Century." The Conference is convened as a special
session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space
open to all member states of the United Nations, international
organizations and space industry.

When:  19-30 July 1999. An exhibit of space hardware and
services will be held 19-23 July.

Where:  Austria Center, Vienna, Austria, located adjacent to the
United Nations Vienna headquarters in the Vienna International
Centre. The two earlier UNISPACE Conferences in 1968 and 1982
were also held in Vienna.

Who:  High-level government officials and representatives from
the 185 UN Member States, United Nations system entities,
international governmental and non-governmental organizations
and top executives and representatives from space-related
industry. National non-governmental organizations and space
industry firms will be invited through their respective
governments to participate in the Conference.

Why:  UNISPACE III is seen as an ideal forum at which the global
community can construct a practical, well- defined framework for
future international cooperation in space activities in the
early part of the next millennium by building on the recognition
many countries have regarding the usefulness of space technology
applications.

One of the key objectives of the Conference will be to identify
specific areas and actions through which space technology can
help solve common regional and global problems, such as natural
disasters and environmental degradation, as well as increasing
the understanding of world-wide phenomena such as climate
change.

Greater understanding and use of space technology also has the
potential to increase economic and social growth, especially in
developing countries. Although advanced technologies such as
satellite communications have gained widespread use throughout
the world, not all countries have sufficient know-how and
technology to benefit from these developments. Strengthening the
capabilities of countries in using space applications for
development needs is a second important goal, as space-based
services and technologies might enable countries to "leap-frog"
across whole stages in development.

UNISPACE III will also identify ways and means to further
reinforce international cooperation in space activities.
Particular attention will be given to the role that the United
Nations and its agencies could play in the coordination of
programmes that could utilize space science and technology
applications for development purposes.

Format: The Conference agenda will be taken up in plenary
meetings and two main committees. A number of other parallel
activities are planned. Renowned scientists and personalities
will be invited to speak at a number of workshops, seminars and
evening lectures to highlight to the general public the
important contributions of space science and technology to
everyday life. The next generation of young space professionals
will also have an opportunity to participate in UNISPACE III
through a Youth Forum, which is being organized by the alumni
associations of the International Space University.

A unique component of UNISPACE III will be the presence of the
commercial space industry, which in recent years has outpaced
government involvement in areas from satellite communications to
launch services. The United Nations will sponsor a space
exhibition that will draw some of the world's leading aerospace
manufacturers and other companies displaying examples of current
products and services, complete with multi-media and interactive
presentations on state-of-the-art space technology. Government
agencies and civilian organizations will also exhibit their
relevant space activities. The public is invited to the
exhibition, which will run from 19-23 July 1999.

How: The UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space is the
Preparatory Committee for UNISPACE III,  and the Committee's
Scientific and Technical Subcommittee is the Advisory Committee
for the Conference. The United Nations Office for Outer Space
Affairs is the Executive Secretariat of the Conference. A series
of regional preparatory conferences are being held to enhance
awareness of UNISPACE III and to promote discussion of issues
relevant to it. The conference for the Asia and Pacific region
was held in Malaysia in May. Upcoming conferences will be held
in Chile from 12 to 16 October for the Latin American and
Caribbean region, in Morocco from 26 to 30 October for the
African region and in Romania from 25 to 29 January 1999 for the
Eastern European region.


For general information about UNISPACE III and the Space
Generation Forum:

Office for Outer Space Affairs
Vienna International Centre
P.O. Box 500, Room E0953
A-1400 Vienna
AUSTRIA
Tel: (43-1) 21345-4950
Fax: (43-1) 21345-5830
e-mail: OOSA@unov.un.or.at
Internet: http://www.un.or.at/OOSA


For information about the space exhibition:

Howard O'Brien Jr.
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
1801 Alexander Bell Drive Suite 500
Reston, Virginia 20191-4344
UNITED STATES
Tel: 800-739-4424/703-264-7535
Fax: 703-264-7551
e-mail: howardo@aiaa.org
Internet: http://www.aiaa.org


Please direct queries about UNISPACE III workshops and seminars
to Mr. Petr Lala and queries about the Space Generation Forum to
Mr. Werner Balogh.

Media inquiries and requests for press accreditation:

United Nations Information Service, Vienna
Tel: (43-1) 21345-4666
Fax: (43-1) 21345-5899
e-mail: unis@unov.un.or.at



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