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Outer Space Security Conference 2023
Wednesday, September 13 – Thursday, September 14
The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research’s Outer Space Security Conference is an annual flagship event that provides a unique forum for the diplomatic community —as well as experts from military, industry and academic backgrounds— to jointly consider challenges and solutions related to security in outer space.
Space security has become increasingly important, outer space technology enables many of the services humankind relies on possible. In this sense, space is increasingly critical to modern life on Earth. However, there is growing concern that, as space becomes more economically and strategically important, it could become a theatre for conflict with devastating effects in space and on Earth. This challenge will become more complex as technology continues to develop and diffuse, creating new space security issues.
The international community has attempted to address these concerns through various initiatives. However, space security is an evolving process, and no single initiative will be able to address all of the complex issues related to the security of outer space. In this regard, the international community has recognized the need for ensuring the complementarity of different measures and building common understandings to effectively achieve space security.
The 2023 Outer Space Security Conference will provide an informal opportunity for the space security community to consider current challenges, as well as how various initiatives and processes can be brought together in a mutually reinforcing complementary manner to achieve the goals of PAROS and foster space security.