African Perspectives for Advancing Space Security through Norms, Rules and Principles of Responsible Behaviours Workshop

When: Wednesday, March 15, 2023

to Thursday, March 16, 2023

Where: Nairobi, Keyna

Space is increasingly critical to modern life on Earth. However, there is growing concern that, as space becomes more economically and strategically important, tensions between different space actors could lead to conflict. Such a conflict could have catastrophic consequences for humankind. To address this, States established an open-ended working group, convened as a result of the UNGA resolution 76/231, on “Reducing space threats through norms, rules and principles of responsible behaviours”. This Group is mandated to make recommendations on possible norms, rules and principles of responsible behaviours relating to threats by States to space systems, including, as appropriate, how they would contribute to the negotiation of legally binding instruments, including on the prevention of an arms race in outer space.

With three of the four substantive sessions having already taken place, it is up to States now to draft a report of recommendations to submit to the General Assembly during its 78th session.

This workshop, co-organised by UNIDIR, the Kenyan Space Agency, the United Kingdom and the Secure World Foundation, was designed to raise awareness about the matters addressed in the OEWG among States of the Africa region and foster a better understanding of regional perspectives on space security. The event brought together a diverse range of experts, and provided an informal discussion around current challenges to space security and stability, and the role that norms, rules, and principles can play in keeping space a peaceful domain. 

This event was held in person, with the possibility of virtual participation upon request, over two days, on 15 and 16 March 2023. Participants had the chance to ask questions and interact with the panellists.

The organizers encouraged participation from regional representatives and experts specialized or interested in issues pertaining to space security, particularly directors or division heads in charge of space security matters. 

After the event, UNIDIR published a short factual report summarizing the highlights of the event. The report can be accessed here.


To encourage a frank exchange of ideas, this was a closed event for representatives of African States.

For more information, please contact SWF Washington Office Director Victoria Samson

Last updated on June 20, 2023