On October 4th 2018, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Moon Village Association (MVA) President Mr. Giuseppe Reibaldi, and World Space Week Association (WSWA) represented by President Mr. Dennis Stone, during the 69th annual International Astronautical Congress hosted by International Astronautical Federation in Bremen, Germany.
In the agreement, Moon Village Association and World Space Week Association agreed to support their mutual goals of internationally promoting space, astronomy and science, public outreach and education through participation and dialogue. At the same time, the linkage between MVA and WSWA, will be enhanced thanks to this agreement. Together, they will stimulate global awareness of the prospective benefits of the Moon Village, with arguments about how Earth’s citizens, regions, and the environment will benefit in the near and mid-term if humanity advances to establish a permanent base on the Moon. The MVA and WSWA agreement is intended to foster a long-term relationship between the Associations and to promote their respective achievements, including plans for promotion.
In this signing ceremony, Mr. Giuseppe Reibaldi stated “MVA will support the World Space Week Association and its World Space Week annual events taking place from October 4th to 10th. It is an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition.” Mr Reibaldi showed a great expectation for the 2019 theme which will be “The Moon: Gateway to the Stars.”
Mr. Dennis Stone added: “In 2019, World Space Week’s theme will focus on the Moon to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing. Under this agreement with MVA, WSW 2019 will seek global public input on lunar exploration and development.”
About the Moon Village Association
The Moon Village Association (MVA) was created in 2017 as non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Vienna. Its goal is the creation of a permanent global informal forum for stakeholders like governments, industry, academia and the general public interested in the development of the Moon Village. The MVA is the assembling of all efforts from private, governments and others aimed to explore and use the Moon in a sustainable manner. Therefore, it is not a literal village on the Moon, it is not an ‘International Space Station on the Moon’, and it is not a single science facility. The MVA fosters cooperation for existing or planned moon exploration programs, be they public or private initiatives. It comprises approximately 150 members from more than 34 countries, representing a diverse array of technical, scientific, cultural and interdisciplinary fields. MVA partners with non-space organizations to promote international discussions and formulation of plans to foster the development of the Moon Village and is creating international, national and regional networks to engage civil society around the world.
About World Space Week Association
World Space Week Association is the global coordinator of World Space Week. WSWA is an international non-government, non-profit organization led by volunteers. The Association is a permanent observer on the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and is supported by voluntary contributions of sponsors including Lockheed Martin.
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