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Bremen, Germany – (October 2, 2018) – During the 69th annual International Astronautical Congress hosted by International Astronautical Federation in Bremen, Germany, the Moon Village Association (MVA) was admitted as a new member of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF).
On October 2, 2018 Mr. Giuseppe Reibaldi introduced the Moon Village Association at IAF General Assembly (GA), the supreme governing body of the Federation, composed of delegates of each member organization which convenes annually during the International Astronautical Congress (IAC).
After a vote, the GA approved the Moon Village Association (MVA) as of a new member of the organization. This membership is an important recognition for the MVA, which in less than one year from its creation has been welcomed to join the IAF community, providing a dialogue between scientists around the world and to lay the information for international space cooperation. It has over 340 members from 68 countries across the world. They are drawn from space agencies, companies, universities, professional associations, government organizations and learned societies. It is linked with the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) with whom the IAF organizes the annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC). IAF membership benefits for the MVA include enhanced visibility for MVA activities, networking opportunities on a global scale, opportunities to nominate members to IAF Awards, recognition of achievements in the IAF e-communications, and some financial benefits like free access to the IAC Paper Archives with more than 30,000 manuscripts.
Giuseppe Reibaldi, President of the Moon Village Association said “This new partnership with the International Astronautical Federation will undoubtedly translate into consolidating the MVA position as a valuable organization offering a platform for Moon-related activities. We look forward to getting involved in the different activities and events of the IAF since there are many complementarities between the two organizations. As a member of the most important federation in space related issues, we will enjoy many unique benefits.”
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 170 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.
For information on how to become involved in realizing the Moon Village, please visit: moonvillageassociation.org
About the International Astronautical Federation
The Federation is the world’s leading space advocacy body with over 340 members, including all key space agencies, companies, societies, associations and institutes across 68 countries. Over 40 administrative and technical committees support the Federation in its mission to advance knowledge about space and to foster the development of space assets by facilitating global cooperation.
At its annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC) and other thematic conferences, the IAF brings its multidisciplinary and international network to life.
To know more about the IAF, please visit: www.iafastro.org
MVA Press and Media contact: Emeline De Antonio. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org