Small Satellites and Sustainable Development Session at SmallSat Conference

When: Monday, August 5, 2019

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Where: Utah State University Eccles Conference Center 205/207, Logan, UT

In September 2015, more than 150 world leaders met at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which included an ambitious set of goals: improve economic growth, improve social inclusion and advance environmental protection. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include provisions on: poverty, hunger, health, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, energy, livelihood and economic growth, industry and infrastructure, inequality, cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, climate action, sustainable water resources, sustainable land resources, governance and justice, and global partnerships. Each goal has specific, integrated targets and indicators to ensure measurable, transparent progress by 2030. Though the SDGs are not legally binding, all countries agreed to build out national frameworks for the achievement of the goals including monitoring progress.

However, the goals are not meant to be achieved by state action alone and will require the commitment of many international actors working in a variety of innovative ways. Space-based assets such as Earth observation and communications satellites and the derived data can provide unique solutions and assistance to decision-makers working on the SDGs. This event will explore the ways in which small satellites can be used in support of the SDGs and for other benefits. 

Last updated on June 6, 2019