Outer Space Security Conference Series at the United Nations in Geneva
In 2002, The Simons Foundation and Project Ploughshares, in partnership with Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (now Global Affairs Canada), initiated what has become the Outer Space Security Conference Series organized by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The Simons Foundation continues to partner with UNIDIR and fund the Outer Space Security Conferences which are held to inform the UN Conference on Disarmament on the issue of space security, the peaceful uses of outer space and the prevention of an arms race in outer space.
Space Security Conference 2018: Space Security: The Next Chapter was held May 7-8, 2018 at UNIDIR in Geneva to examine the existing framework for space governance to see what aspects remain relevant to the emerging order in outer space, as well as what elements might be updated. In this way, UNIDIR and its partners, The Simons Foundation Canada and Secure World Foundation, hope to explore how the international community can start a new chapter of space security dialogue.
More information and reports on the previous Outer Space Security Conferences at the United Nations in Geneva are available from The Simons Foundation and from UNIDIR at the links below.
Security in Space: The Next Generation
Outer Space and Global Security