Dubai Declaration points way forward for space for development

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Michael Simpson, Executive Director, Secure World Foundation (left)
Simonetta Di Pippo, Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (centre)
Mohammed Nasser Al-AHBABI, United Arab Emirates Space Agency
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Representatives from the global space community have underscored the need for stronger international cooperation in outer space activities.

The Dubai Declaration is the outcome of a five-day meeting in that city which looked at how space science and technology can support global development efforts such as addressing climate change.

The High Level Forum was co-organized by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the United Arab Emirates.

Dianne Penn is in Dubai and filed this report.

More than 100 members of the global space community participated in the High Level Forum, which wrapped up in Dubai on Thursday.

They included heads of national space agencies and astronauts, but also government officials, academics, and representatives from non-governmental organizations and the private sector.

Deliberations had centered around four aspects of space related to economy, society, accessibility and diplomacy.

Simonetta Di Pippo is the Director of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).

"Here in Dubai, together, we have produced a set of recommendations to address key developments both within the space sector and outside, including the fusion of new technologies and new business models that impact outer space activities. This Declaration and what we have learned at this forum have provided us with an understanding of how we should move forward in utilizing space for development, on the need to get open access to space for an increasing number of countries, and in assisting States to attain the Sustainable Development Goals."

The Dubai meeting is the first in a series of three forums ahead of the 50th anniversary of the first United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, known as UNISPACE.

UNISPACE+50 will be commemorated in June 2018.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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