Panel Discussion on International Best Practices for Outer Space Sustainability

On Friday, October 21, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) and the Secure World Foundation will convene a panel discussion at the U.S. Department of State on International Best Practices for Outer Space Sustainability. This public event will bring together top U.S. and international space policy experts from governments, industry, and academia to discuss the current state of the long-term sustainability guidelines discussions, national implementation strategies, and next steps for the international community to ensure that space is sustainable over the long-term.

The program includes participation by Simonetta di Pippo, director of the UN Office of Outer Space Affairs; David Kendall, chair of UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPOUS); and Peter Martinez, working group chair of the UN COPOUS' Long-Term Sustainability Working Group. The full program is available online at:

The event is open to the press. Pre-set time for cameras is 8:30 a.m. from the 21st Street entrance. Final access time for writers and stills is 8:45 a.m. from the 21st Street entrance.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued photo media credential (e.g., Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), or (2) an official photo identification card issued by their news organization, or (3) a letter from their employer on official letterhead verifying their current employment as a journalist. Additionally, they must present an official government photo identification card (i.e., U.S. driver's license or passport).

Source: U.S. State Department