Agreement boosts cooperation between UN space affairs office and UAE

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UNOOSA Director Simonetta Di Pippo and the Director General of the UAE Space Agency, Mohammed Al-Ahbabi,
at a signing ceremony held in Dubai on Wednesday. Photo: UN News/Runa A.

The United Nations and the United Arab Emirates have underscored their commitment to work together in the peaceful uses of outer space.

This follows the signing of an agreement between the heads of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the UAE Space Agency on Wednesday.

The ceremony was held during the High Level Forum on Space as a Driver for Socio-economic Sustainable Development, jointly organized by the two agencies, taking place this week in Dubai.

Dianne Penn reports.

The UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the UAE Space Agency will work on capacity-building initiatives in both the technical and legal aspects of the peaceful uses of outer space.

They also will undertake joint research projects on the use of space technology and applications for economic and social benefits, in addition to promoting and coordinating regional cooperation on these topics.

The five-year Memorandum of Understanding also addresses the UAE Space Agency's support for the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the first UN conference on space.

That event, known as UNISPACE+50, will take place in June of next year and will provide an opportunity for the international community to consider the future course of global space cooperation.

Wednesday's session of the high-level forum also saw the announcement of a proposal by Thailand to host a regional office for UNOOSA.

Atchaka Sibunruang is the country's Minister of Science and Technology:

Thailand's role as the Asia-Pacific hub of international organizations has long been well recognized. We would like to affirm our intention to contribute towards the UNISPACE+50 goals through our support to the regional liaison office to be established in Thailand.  In this regard, we look forward to further engage with UNOOSA on this good initiative and wish to seek the support of Member States in making this proposal a reality.”

Representatives from around 50 countries are attending the High Level Forum in Dubai, which concludes on Thursday. 

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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Feature Image:  UNOOSA Director Simonetta Di Pippo and the Director General of the UAE Space Agency, Mohammed Al-Ahbabi, at a signing ceremony held in Dubai on Wednesday. Photo: UN News/Runa A.

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