ISECG is a voluntary, non-binding coordination forum of 15 space agencies that
- Exchanges information regarding interests, plans and activities in space exploration
- Works together to strengthen both individual exploration programs and the collective effort
- Open and inclusive
- Flexible and evolutionary
- Supportive of mutual interests
Origin and Foundation
In 2006, 14 space agencies began a series of discussions on global interests in space exploration. Together they took the unprecedented step of elaborating a vision for peaceful robotic and human space exploration, focusing on destinations within the solar system where humans may one day live and work, and developed a common set of key space exploration themes. This vision was articulated in The Global Exploration Strategy: The Framework for Coordination, which was released in May 2007. A key finding of this Framework Document was the need to establish a voluntary, non-binding international coordination mechanism through which individual agencies may exchange information regarding interests, objectives, and plans in space exploration with the goal of strengthening both individual exploration programmes as well as the collective effort. This coordination mechanism is the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG).
Terms of Reference
Terms of Reference for ISECG were formally adopted at the first meeting of ISECG held in Berlin in November 2007. ISECG chairmanship rotates, with the host of the meeting assuming the role as Chair. The scope of ISECG is broad and strategic. ISECG focuses on the development through consensus of non-binding products – findings, recommendations and other outputs as necessary – for use by participating agencies.
ISECG products are developed by working groups partly supported by dedicated teams that are initiated as required to work on special subjects. The work is guided by regular plenary meetings and monthly plenary ISECG teleconferences. The degree of participation in ISECG working groups varies by agency and by product. As ISECG work is based on consensus among the members, all products developed at the working group level need approval by the ISECG plenary. ISECG and supporting working groups are supported by a permanent secretariat.
ISECG is open to any space agency interested in collaboration to pursue space exploration goals.
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