Washington, DC - On Friday, at 6:00 a.m. the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) and the Secure World Foundation will convene a panel discussion at the U.S. Department of State on International Best Practices for Outer Space Sustainability. This public event will bring together top U.S. and international space policy experts from governments, industry, and academia to discuss the current state of the long-term sustainability guidelines discussions, national implementation strategies, and next steps for the international community to ensure that space is sustainable over the long-term.

The program includes participation by Simonetta di Pippo, director of the UN Office of Outer Space Affairs; David Kendall, chair of UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPOUS); and Peter Martinez, working group chair of the UN COPOUS' Long-Term Sustainability Working Group. The full program is available online at: https://swfound.org/events/2016/progress-and-planning-ahead-international-best-practices-for-outer-space-sustainability.