The UN SDGs are an urgent universal call for action to change the world and steer it towards a better and more sustainable path. One goal is missing: the 18th SDG on sustainable use of outer space.
Planet Earth and the human race are strongly connected to each other. Sustainability of this planet is something that can be achieved from on Earth but also from outer space. Natural disasters and other phenomena that can lead to the extinction of the human race in the long term can be observed from outer space through satellites that provide essential information.
Space exploration and research has given humanity many advantages in terms of technology and understanding about ourselves and our origin. These benefits will only increase in the future, not only in those domains, but space also holds economic opportunities.
‘The long-term survival of the human race is at risk as long as it is confined to a single planet… but once we spread into space... our future should be safe.’ - Stephen Hawking
The “SDG 18 – SPACE FOR ALL” initiative has the goal that another SDG, focusing on space, will be implemented in the very near future and that space is recognised on a global agenda.