United States at the Second International Space Exploration Forum in Tokyo

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 1, 2018


The United States will join approximately 45 countries and international organizations in Tokyo, Japan on March 3, for the Second International Space Exploration Forum (ISEF2). This meeting will seek a strong affirmation among governments that exploration and utilization of space benefit all mankind and, with this recognition, to facilitate a productive dialogue about shared principles and goals for international collaboration to enhance effective and efficient space exploration activities. The United States organized and hosted the first International Space Exploration Forum at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC on January 9, 2014. The United States greatly appreciates the initiative taken by the Government of Japan to further advance these Ministerial-level discussions on space exploration.

More than 200 participants are expected at ISEF2, including government officials, policy-makers, and representatives of space agencies. The United States delegation will include U.S. Ambassador to Japan William F. “Bill” Hagerty IV, National Space Council Executive Secretary Scott Pace, NASA Acting Administrator Robert M. Lightfoot, and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science, Space and Health for the Department of State Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Jonathan Margolis. The United States will engage in discussions on the significance of space exploration and benefits for humankind, future human and robotic space exploration programs and projects, common principles and frameworks for space exploration, and the role of the private sector in space exploration.

For nearly six decades, the United States has been honored to help lead a journey of space exploration with partners from around the world. President Trump’s Space Policy Directive-1 calls on the United States to lead an innovative and sustainable program of exploration with commercial and international partners to enable human expansion across the solar system and to bring back to Earth new knowledge and opportunities.

For further information about ISEF2, please contact the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs at OES-PA-DG@state.gov.