SGAC has recently celebrated its 15th Anniversary, and we are excited to continue our work with new generations of space professionals over the coming years. Our history up to this point has been a testament to the goals of our founders, which we will keep central to our thinking and message as we move forward.
In December 1997, the UN Office of Outer Space Affairs (UN OOSA) Secretariat invited the International Space University (ISU) to organise a forum for young adults as part of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). The ISU solicited alumni volunteers to plan, organise and conduct the Space Generation Forum, in parallel with other UNISPACE III activities. The Space Generation Forum was attended by 160 participants from 60 States. Their expertise covered all fields of space, including science, engineering, technology, law, ethics, art, literature, anthropology and architecture, and many other relevant fields. During the event, these participants developed ten recommendations, which were combined into the “Space Generation Forum: Visions and Perspectives of Youth”.
Of these ten recommendations, five were integrated into the Vienna Declaration. One of the recommendations was “To create a council to support the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, through raising awareness and exchange of fresh ideas by youth. The vision is to employ the creativity and vigour of youth in advancing humanity through the peaceful uses space”. Charged with this mission, the Space Generation Advisory Council was born.
Since then, SGAC has developed into a dynamic and thriving organisation with thousands of members in over 90 countries. By establishing Permanent Observer status in UN COPUOS in 2001, SGAC has grown immensely and by 2003 had earned consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. SGAC opened its headquarters in the European Space Policy Institute in 2005 and hired its first paid employee in 2006.
The SGAC Logo
Though proud of our heritage and beginnings, the SGAC logo and has grown and been reshaped to reflect greater our commitments to “employ the creativity and vigour of youth in advancing humanity through the peaceful uses space”.
This logo takes elements from the previous SGAC logo, such as
- the laurels, most commonly associated with the United Nations, representing peace and unity,
- an abstract rendition of three people in space, now part of Earth, and
- three stars to represent space itself.
“Diversity, international, professional, youth, space exploration, passion” were kept in mind when designing this logo.
Since its inception, SGAC has steadily attracted young dedicated space professionals who are passionate about forwarding their generation into space. With a global community, SGAC is composed of people, interconnected, helping each other, providing a different perspective and expertise to the overall mission, and ultimately helping to make a difference in the worldwide space community.
Current SGAC Logo
Previous SGAC Logo – 1999 to 2011