Outer Space Security Conference Series at the United Nations in Geneva

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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 sponsor 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.

The report of the 2016 conference is now available at the link below:

Space Security 2016—Sustaining the Momentum: the Current Status of Space Security Conference Report 
April 28-29, 2016
Geneva, Switzerland

Following the 2015 joint session of the UN General Assembly’s First and Fourth Committees on possible challenges to space security and sustainability, during which states discussed various options for preserving space for peaceful uses and preventing an arms race, and the consensus adoption of the First Committee resolution on Transparency and Confidence-building Measures in Outer Space, UNIDIR’s 2016 Outer Space Security Conference focused on the current status of issues and processes critical to maintaining space as a peaceful domain.

The 2016 conference was organized by UNIDIR in partnership with Secure World Foundation and The Simons Foundation, and with support from UNIDIR's core funders and dedicated project funding from the Governments of the People's Republic of China, the Russian Federation and the United States of America, Secure World Foundation and The Simons Foundation.



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.

Space Security 2015: Underpinning Foundations of Space Security
August 2015

Space Security 2014: Implementation and Compliance
March 2014

Space Security 2013: Enhancing confidence, securing space stability
April 2013

Space Security Conference 2012: Laying the Groundwork for Progress
March 2012

Space Security Conference 2011: Building on the Past, Stepping towards the Future
April 2011

Space Security 2010: From Foundations to Negotiations
March 2010

Space Security 2009: Moving Toward a Safer Space Environment
June 2009

Security in Space: The Next Generation
March 2008

Celebrating the Space Age: 50 Years of Space Technology, 40 Years of the Outer Space Treaty
April 2007

Building the Architecture for Sustainable Space Security
March 2006

Safeguarding Space Security: Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space
March 2005

Safeguarding Space for All: Security and Peaceful Uses 
March 2004

Outer Space and Global Security
November 2002