Forum explores link between space technology and development

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First High Level Forum on Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Development has been organized by UNOOSA and the United Arab Emirates Space Agency.

Astronauts, heads of space agencies and representatives of the international space community are meeting in Dubai this week to explore ways to support global development.

The first United Nations/United Arab Emirates High Level Forum on Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Development has been organized by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the United Arab Emirates Space Agency.

The UN Secretary-General has highlighted the importance of space science and technology for implementing global agreements on sustainable development, climate change and disaster risk reduction.

Jocelyne Sambira has the story.

The High-Level Forum comes at a time when the space sector is expanding and the number of actors is growing, according to the UN Office.

Discussions will centre around four pillars: Space economy, space society, space accessibility and space diplomacy.

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

"This First Forum is indeed a great start to the process of enhancing the cooperation and coordination of our community, and expanding to other users communities, with a particular focus on the space sector for the economy, society and development of all nations."

An outcome document, the Dubai Declaration, is expected.

It will contain recommendations that will inform a June 2018 commemorate 50 years since the first United Nations Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE).

The High Level Forum runs through 24 November.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration: 1’05”

 

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