15 February 2008. The Secure World Foundation (SWF) will partner with ESPI in organizing a workshop on the fair and sustainable use of outer space, taking place on 20/21 November 2008 in Vienna.
This cooperation was agreed upon by SWF’s Executive Director Ray Williamson and ESPI’s Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl. The workshop will deal with the issue areas of safeguarding the space environment and using space traffic management for a fair and equitable use of outer space. The workshop will bring together representatives from space faring countries as well as emerging space users; the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) is foreseen to be associated. The workshop will build on the competence of ESPI in the fields of international cooperation and the regulation of space activities. The preparation will be managed in ESPI by research fellow Wolfgang Rathgeber.
The Secure World Foundation is a Colorado based foundation, which recently has focused on space issues and envisions a global space commons that is free from threat and available for the benefit of all humanity. The Foundation is dedicated to supporting steps that strengthen global security and lead to an international law-based system with reliable enforcement. These steps include confidence building and the development of cooperative norms, regulations, and rules of conduct. In the recent past SWF has supported the publication of the Space Security Index and activities of the Space Policy Institute of the George Washington University as well as the Space Generation Advisory Council.
From left to right: Michel A. Jakob, Wolfgang Rathgeber, Kai-Uwe Schrogl (ESPI); Ben Baseley-Walker, Ray Williamson, Brian Weeden (SWF).