The United States will host the International Space Exploration Forum (ISEF), the first-ever ministerial-level meeting to build support for global cooperation in space exploration, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC on January 9, 2014. ISEF will bring together Ministers and high-level officials from approximately thirty-five space-faring countries to talk about the opportunities and challenges they share. It will feature high-level, policy discussions about the future of space exploration, developments in robotic space exploration, extending humanity’s reach beyond low Earth orbit, and the importance of international cooperation.

Space exploration benefits all humankind, and it is essential for governments to work together internationally to advance shared objectives for space exploration. Such collaboration has facilitated the development of new technologies, realized commercial opportunities, identified opportunities for shared missions such as the International Space Station, and inspired younger generations to undertake the challenge of space exploration.