As part of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) project Facilitating the Process for the Development of an International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities, funded by the European Union (EU), UNIDIR conducted a two-day seminar entitled “The Role of Norms of Behaviour for African Space Activities”, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 7–8 March 2013.

The seminar was organized in order to support dialogue in the African space community on the development of norms of behaviour for outer space activities to mitigate the increased level of space security threats. The seminar provided an opportunity for policymakers and key stakeholders to explore why space resources and space security matter to Africa, especially the potential of space-based services for ongoing African development and the nature of current threats to human activities in outer space.