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  • Welcome!

    SpacEdge Education, the educational arm of the National Space Society is delighted that you are interested in the debates scheduled for  ISDC 2019 !


    In this segment you will find resources, explanations, and tips on the 2019 spUN Debates.  SpacEdge Education is excited to have you participate in the debates this year and know that your experience in international cooperation and collaboration will be amazing!  By joining the spUN Debates you will lend your voice in suggesting the construction of space policy and good governance to pave the way for humankind to  raise and consider issues to help us live harmoniously in space!


                                                                                                                                    

    • Debate Registration

      Cartoon of a boy and girl debating while standing behind podiums

      Students who are registered for ISDC 2019 are eligible to apply for consideration to be placed on a debate team.  If you are not yet registered for ISDC 2019, please go to :

      https://www.nss.org/cgi-bin/register/tdregister?$Origin=ISDC19


      Please complete the Student Debater form for consideration for the spUN Debate team, the second year at ISDC for these outstanding and thought-provoking debates! 

      https://isdc2019.nss.org/home/students/student-debate/isdc-2019-student-survey-debate-application/


      • Brief Explanation of spUN Logo, Debates, and Universalization

        Where/When:  National Space Society (NSS) yearly conference (ISDC- International Space Development Conference) at US locations- this year 

        Washington, D.C. in June 6-8 2019.

         

        Title: The spUN  Debates -    

        "Space Policy and Universalization Debates"

        Space policy and good governance are tenets of the NSS. Universalization is, in effect,  good governance.  Space policy and good governance are also found under out SpacEdge Centers for Excellence, a collaboration center 

        for industry, entrepreneurs, and students.  Please visit our webpage:

        https://spacedge.academy/course/view.php?id=88

         And, yes, UN is capitalized!  The United Nations (UNOOSA) also has an interest in space law/policy.



        Theme of debates:  how to govern space settlements

                     Debate topics examples: This year you may find Resolutions on:                

        ·       the development of space policy across all sectors (economic, social, health, environment)

        ·       the players in space (countries, companies, entrepreneurs, citizens)

        ·        the representation of an inclusion of people in space policy (nationality, economically, culturally, race, gender, etc.)

        ·       the military aspect of space settlement and development

        ·       implications of space policy and development on the governance of Earth

                 The development of topics is will be expanded throughout the life of these yearly debates.

        The Actual Debate Resolutions will be revealed to the debaters up one their selection.

         

        Who Debates: Students from around the world ages 10 – 18

                   Debate topics or resolutions are published prior to the conference.  Debaters will be announced in March. Debater team assignments are announced , students start preparation at home and the teams finally prepare their debates at the conference.   The finalists and winners are announced at the ISDC.

         

        UNOOSA- UN Office of Outer Space Affairs:

        Space law can be described as the body of law governing space-related activities. Space law, much like general international law, comprises a variety of international agreements, treaties, conventions, and United Nations General Assembly resolutions, etc.

        The term "space law" is most often associated with the rules, principles and standards of international law governing outer space which have been developed under the auspices of the United Nations. 

        Space law addresses a variety of matters, such as, for example, the preservation of the space and Earth environment, liability for damages caused by space objects, the settlement of disputes, the rescue of astronauts, the sharing of information about potential dangers in outer space, the use of space-related technologies, and international cooperation. A number of fundamental principles guide the conduct of space activities, including the notion of space as the province of all humankind, the freedom of exploration and use of outer space by all states without discrimination, and the principle of non-appropriation of outer space.

         

        Here’s a gist of Universalization-

        Universalization as an incipient concept describing the next phase of human development, marking the transition from trans-national to interplanetary relations and much more aggressive exploitation of opportunities that lie beyond the confines of Earth. As both a process and an end state, universalization implies an increasingly pervasive, abiding and singular human focus not only on global issues per se but on social, technological, economic and cultural challenges and opportunities extending into our solar system, our galaxy, and well beyond, where cooperation supersedes conflict negotiation.[2] Its origins are associated with the incipient expansion of social, economic, and political relationships that have emerged in the wake of globalization and that increasingly define the planet, its place within the broader universe and the sustainability of humanity and our diversity.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universalization

         

        Universalization is a synonym to “Bringing People Together.” It is a major symbol of Humanity. It means to bring 7.2 billion different people from 196 countries speaking over 4500 recognized languages, following more than 4200 religions come together in harmony. To universalize doesn’t mean that everyone gives up their personal opinions and follows a single opinion; rather it is the acceptance and encouragement of everyone’s opinion without causing any harm to anybody.

         There is no one above us no one below us we all are same. We all are humans.

         Ancient Sanskrit sacred text, Mahopanishad, refers to universalization as ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, which translates to ‘the world is one family’.


        • SpacEdge Center of Excellence: Space Policy and Good Governance

          The Center for Excellence includes interviews in video and podcast form as well as journal information about governing space and the concept of Universalization. 

          Please visit the SECE: Space Policy and Good Governance at: https://spacedge.academy/course/view.php?id=88#section-1



          • How to debate.

            It is important that you prepare at home for the debates.  The resolutions that will be debated will be made known to  you once the debaters have been chosen. It is important that you prepare at home for the debates.  Your preparation at home will enable your team to work efficiently and effectively  while in Washington to prepare excellent arguments.

            The resources here may give you an idea of what to expect during a debate and these resources will give some viewpoints on how you and your teammates can prepare for a great debate!

          • Schedule of Events for ISDC 2019 Universalization Debate


            The Exciting Schedule and Location for Debater Activities at ISDC 2019 will be posted soon !

            • The spUN Debates Formats

              The spUN Debates for 2019 will involve 8 teams comprised of 4 debaters.  The debaters are chosen based on their application,  which is due April  1.

              There will be three rounds, each with a different resolution to be debated.  The resolutions will be revealed at the time of the  Debater Acceptance Announcement which will be sent the second week of April.

              The Debate Schedule,  Format of the Debate Flow and Judging Rubrics are found below.

            • Space Debris and The Kessler Syndrome

              The United Arab Emirates Space Agency developed the image  you see.  There is much thought, research, and policy being considered for the  treatment of space debris or space junk

            • Moon Village

              MOON VILLAGE: A VISION FOR GLOBAL COOPERATION AND SPACE 4.0

              Jan Worner's Blog

              (Johann-Dietrich "Jan" Wörner, born 18 July 1954 in Kassel, is a German civil engineer, university professor and former president of Technische Universität Darmstadt. He served as chairman of the executive board of the German Aerospace Center DLR from 1 March 2007 to 30 June 2015
              From the earliest astronomy to the space race, humankind has witnessed a constant evolution in the exploration and use of space. Now, with the International Space Station (ISS), an unparalleled level of cooperation has been achieved which has continued largely unaffected by any crises that may be occurring on Earth: many nations all pulling together, demonstrating day in, day out, just how important it is to invest in research and technology.)


              The paradigm shift that we see today in space activities is best encapsulated by the term ‘Space 4.0’, and the ‘Moon Village’ concept seeks to transform this paradigm shift into a set of concrete actions and create an environment where both international cooperation and the commercialisation of space can thrive.

              The Moon Village concept was developed through a process of thorough analysis but it is vital to understand that what we are describing is neither a project nor a programme. By ‘Moon Village’ we do not mean a development planned around houses, some shops and a community centre. Rather, the term ‘village’ in this context refers this: a community created when groups join forces without first sorting out every detail, instead simply coming together with a view to sharing interests and capabilities.

              The Moon Village is open to any and all interested parties and nations. There are no stipulations as to the form their participation might take: robotic and astronaut activities are equally sought after. You might see not only scientific and technological activities, but also activities based on exploiting resources or even tourism. It is precisely the open nature of the concept that would allow many nationalities to go to the Moon and take part while leaving behind them on Earth any differences of opinion.