Space4Youth Competition 2021 launched

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) have launched the third edition of their Space4Youth competition. Under the title Youth4Climate, this year's focus is on climate mitigation and adaptation. In order to participate, students and young professionals from any Member State of the United Nations are invited to submit an essay on the topic "Space as a tool to foster climate mitigation and adaptation” by 26 April 2021.

Climate change is the defining issue of our time. Young people play a key role. With this competition, UNOOSA and SGAC are looking for ideas on how space can be used to tackle climate challenges underlining concrete, realistic and original examples of how space science, technology and its applications can foster actions and commitments for mitigation and adaptation policies at local, national, regional and/or international levels.

Three winners will have access to incredible prizes:

  • The U.S. is pleased to support this year's Space4Youth competition by providing winners with a trip to the United States to meet with representatives of the U.S. space sector and attend a Space Camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.*
  • The UK Space Agency is pleased to organize an event with UK and US experts who will provide further feedback to the winners and, if feasible, support them in developing further their examples/ideas of space technologies for climate adaptation and mitigation.
  • Winners' essays will be uploaded on the "Space for Youth" webpage of UNOOSA.
  •  Winner(s) may be invited to participate in other events.

To apply, please read the guidelines and rules in the call for essays. Submissions must be received by 26 April 2021.

* Confirmation and satisfaction of U.S. visa approval will be required. Given COVID-19 related travel restrictions, the trip dates are not confirmed yet. Expenses will be covered by the U.S. Mission to the International Organizations in Vienna.