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Abu Dhabi to host space conference in December

The Abu Dhabi Space Debate global forum, organized by the UAE Space Agency, will take place on December 5 and 6, 2022.

Abu Dhabi is set to host a conference in December to discuss some of the most pressing challenges in the global space sector.

Under the patronage of President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Abu Dhabi Space Debate global forum is set to take place on December 5 and 6, 2022.

Organised by the UAE Space Agency, the two-day conference is set to form an important new global forum for the space industry, nations, business leaders and policymakers to come together and forge real consensus and address the issues facing growth and innovation in space.

Speaking about the global forum, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan said: “The UAE is proud to be hosting the Abu Dhabi Space Debate in December. The event is a platform to facilitate dialogue and aims to strengthen cooperation, formulate new international policies and develop solutions to some of the most pressing challenges in the global space sector.”

The Abu Dhabi Space Debate sets out to provide a platform for leaders and policymakers from the space sector around the world to review the opportunities and challenges facing the sector and aims to advance not only global dialogue and collaboration between nations but also forge concrete alliances, multilateral agreements and provide a platform to advance the sector as a whole.

Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri, Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technology, Chair of the UAE Space Agency and the Abu Dhabi Space Debate Committee, added: “We are seeing a huge expansion in organisations developing space capabilities and potential, but that growth in the sector brings challenges, ranging from preservation of national interests through to the regulation of private sector players. The Abu Dhabi Space Debate aims to create a global platform that will bring together a diverse and challenging audience and forge concrete progress in advancing international cooperation, standards and policy-setting for the space sector.”

Al Amiri noted: “As we implement our long-term ambitions in space, the first steps of which are clearly outlined in our National Space Strategy 2030, we cannot over-emphasise the importance of international collaboration to our plans. Our space programme has been built on such collaboration, with partners in Europe, South Korea, the US, Japan and elsewhere. We have been keen to embrace international efforts to work together on common goals and objectives, and we’re committed to supporting efforts from the Artemis Accords to the United Nations Guidelines for the Long-term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities. This Debate will form an important element of that commitment.”

The first edition of the Abu Dhabi Space Debate is set to gather leaders and policymakers in the public and private space sector from around the world and in particular China, Europe, India, Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

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