SGAC History


SGAC has recently celebreated its 15th Anniversary, and we are excited to continue our work over the next years. We have now dealt with several generations of incoming space professionals and hope to continue to support many more in the future. 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.



Our story...

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".

Unispace III participants

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".

From this directive, the Space Generation Advisory Council was established. Since then, SGAC has developed into an organisation with thousands of members in over 90 countries. Organisationally , SGAC has grown by establishing Permanent Observer status in UN COPUOS in 2001, earning consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council in 2003, opening its head quarters in the European Space Policy Institute in 2005, and hiring its first paid employee in 2006.

Many of our founding principles are encapsulated in our current logo:

This logo takes elements from the previous SGAC logo, such as 1) the laurels, most commonly associated with the United Nations, representing peace and unity, 2) an abstract rendition of three people in space, now part of Earth, and 3) three stars to represent space itself. Keywords of “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. Strong, yet expression-filled lines make up the three figures of the mark. Their intertwining lines incorporate a sense of teamwork and cohesion which references professionalism and shared interest. Color is used to distinguish the shapes, while symmetry brings together their likenesses. Uniformly, the mark is balanced yet dynamic, like the varying minds and backgrounds within members of SGAC. The original elements are simplified but dynamic to show the seriousness and energy of the organisation. To be given a United Nations permanent observer status is a privilege, the laurels are there to represent its proud heritage and to communicate the organisation’s peaceful pursuits.  With a global community, SGAC is composed of people, interconnected, helping each other, providing a different perspective and expertise to the overall equation. Teamwork is crucial to interstellar travel, especially for a world-class organisation.  The darker, more saturated colors of blue and violet represent diversity, while maintaining a level of seriousness and sophistication. The punchier, light blue highlights in the logo idea of passion and vigor. When shown on a darker background, the mark can mimic colors often found in the night sky.

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