26-30 September 2016, Guadalajara, Mexico

Making space accessible and affordable to all countries

Presented by The International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the 67th annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC) was hosted by the Agencia Espacial Mexicana(AEM) in Guadalajara, Mexico from 26 – 30 September 2016. As the second biggest city of the country, Guadalajara, had the opportunity to show why it is called the “Silicon Valley of Mexico” and why it is wellknown as the cultural heart of Mexico.

The Director-General of AEM, Mr Francisco Javier Mendieta Jiménez, said that the Agencia Espacial Mexicana looked to contribute to the solution of the great social challenges in matters of competitiveness, education, equity, health, digital inclusion and environmental sustainability. This is why Mexico proposed to host the IAC2016 under the motto: “Making space accessible and affordable to all countries”. The AEM believed that bringing the IAC in 2016 to this region of the world would contribute positively and give an additional boost to the efforts of involved emerging nations into a new era of international collaboration to solve common problems using space science and technology.