Space forum

OECD Observer

The OECD has launched a Global Forum on Space Economics to help researchers better analyse the opportunities and challenges facing the space sector and its technology applications.

Space affects people’s daily lives more than ever before and is a growing international policy concern. From exploration to communications technology and intelligence, the world increasingly relies on space. There are problems to consider too, such as satellite interference and safety. Yet, the reality of budget constraints make co-operation essential.

The new forum will collect and evaluate data and socio-economic indicators and provide evidence-based analysis to help agencies and governments shape policies to help realise the full potential of space. The initial founders of the new global forum–National Space Center, Centre National d’Études Spatiales, Canadian Space Agency, Dutch Ministry of Trade and Industry, European Space Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Norway Space Center and US Geological Survey–are expected to be joined by other agencies and ministries from OECD countries. A working group including private sector and other representatives is set for launch in June.

For more information, see International Future Programme.

©OECD Observer No 255, May 2006

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