The Province of Mankind providing sustainable benefits for all of Mankind – The role of Industry, 13 Feb 2013 Vienna


If I were in Vienna on the 13th, I would be all over this one!

The Province of Mankind providing sustainable benefits for all of Mankind – The role of Industry

ESPI, 13 February 2013 (Secure World Foundation and European Space Policy Institute event)

Vienna, Austria


The exploration and use of outer space shall be the Province of all Mankind. With the very rapid growth of space applications the question is increasingly how the global community can ensure that the benefits of space are spread around in a fashion that truly benefits all. Governmental actors are particularly challenged in this, yet the focus should not only be on the role of states in ensuring equitable enjoyment of sustainable benefits of space – also industry has an important and partly independent role.

The issues facing industry in this endeavour can roughly be seen as two clusters of issues: first, how to ascertain that existing space systems are leveraged in an optimum fashion to achieve the broadest possible sharing of benefits, and, second, how to create new space systems and applications which are especially targeted to provide sustainable benefits for developing countries and emerging economies.

Regarding the best possible harvesting of benefits from existing systems, it would appear that more could be done to extend existing capabilities in order to assist the development agendas of countries, their populations and their entrepreneurs. This might cost little or even bring net benefits to commercial operators: a question of picking the low-hanging fruit!

Regarding the establishment of new systems and functionalities there are many salient issues on establishing credible business plans, obtaining project funding, getting the right licenses and so on. Yet, particularly in view of the mandates of development banks and the increasing profitability of space endeavours it would appear possible that more could be done to use space also in a more targeted way to assist development.

The ESPI/SWF event will address the two issue clusters separately at first, and will at the end attempt to draw a first set of conclusions, which, however, would need to be developed further in different fora by the relevant stakeholder communities.


European Space Policy Institute (ESPI)

Palais Fanto

Schwarzenbergplatz 6

(Entrance: Zaunergasse 1-3)

A-1030 Vienna, Austria

Tel +43 1 718 1118 -0 / Fax -99


[email protected]


Welcome on behalf of SWF and ESPI

Peter Hulsroj, ESPI Director



“Picking the low-hanging fruit—planting new orchards” Ray Williamson, SWF


Space in the economic context of the development agenda

Cenan Al-Ekabi, ESPI


The Role and process of Expert Group A

Henrique Pacheco (TBC)

Filipe Duarte Santos (TBC)

Open Discussion Forum


Part 1

Reaping better the benefits of existing capacities

Moderator: Peter Hulsroj


Part 2

Establishing new projects

Moderator: Ray Williamson

20:30—20:45 Conclusions

Moderator: Peter Hulsroj

The open discussion forum will seek to engage the audience

and the many experts on the topic who will be present. The

discussions will be moderated but depend critically on the

active participation of the audience. Through this format it

is hoped that there will be a considerable element of spontaneous

comment, and hence Chatham House rules will apply.

20:45-22:00 Reception

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Dr Jill Stuart is an academic based at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is an expert in the politics, ethics and law of outer space exploration and exploitation. She is a frequent presence in the global media (print, radio, television, documentary) and regularly gives lectures around the world. From 2013-2017 she was Editor in Chief of the Elsevier journal Space Policy where she remains on the Editorial Board. She is also on the Board of Advisors of METI International, conducting scientific research into messaging potential extraterrestrial intelligence. She is one of an elite number of people to be endorsed by the UK Home Office as an Exceptional Talent Migrant/ World Leader in her Field. In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Margaret Mead Award Lecture by the British Science Association in recognition of her cutting edge research. She is trained in both domestic and international mediation and has done consultancy work for the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice. She has a sub-specialism in women, peace and security and gender based violence. She is a Trustee of Luton All Women’s Centre.


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