United Nations/United Arab Emirates - High Level Forum: Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Sustainable Development

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 20 - 24 November 2016

Organized jointly by

the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the United Arab Emirates Space Agency

Hosted by

Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre

Co-sponsored by

Secure World Foundation, Sierra Nevada Corporation's Space Systems and the

International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems

Report of the Workshop





The First High Level Forum aims to drive debate on the role of space science and technology in fostering global development. The Forum, therefore, represents a unique opportunity for the collective space community to address the future global space governance leading up to the fiftieth anniversary of the First United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space "UNISPACE+50" in 2018. This also could be a fitting time to take stock of the contributions of the three UNISPACE conferences, held in 1968, 1982 and 1999 respectively, to global space governance.

Objectives and Expected Outcomes

Objectives of the United Nations/United Arab Emirates High Level Forum include the presentation of lessons learned and new ideas in the four thematic areas of space economy, space society, space accessibility and space diplomacy, and all their interactions and inter-linkages. The Forum aims to produce a declaration with a set of recommendations to further shape and position space activities as drivers for innovation, socio-economic development and diplomacy for a sustainable future.

Expected outcomes of the Forum include: increased awareness about the on-going space activities and trends in the use of space technology and services that aid sustainable development; acknowledged relevance of the space sector for the economy, society and diplomacy of a nation; recognised benefits from the space as a core sector for socio-economic development; identified strategies to link space activities as a driver for socio-economic development; recommendations on utilizing innovative space activities to address emerging sustainable development challenges; establishment of partnerships to aid in addressing space for sustainable development; and recommendations on how voluntary actions from governments, international organizations, research and development institutions, academia and other relevant stakeholders could support the partnerships in increased used of space as a driver for socio-economic development.

Working Modality

The Forum will start with a High-Level Panel bringing together decision-makers and experts.

Two days will then be used for breakout sessions to be conducted on the four main topics of the High Level Forum, as described below, opened by a key-note speech of a renowned specialist on that topic. Discussion sessions in the format of breakout sessions will target specific topics and yield concrete recommendations.

A half day technical tour will be arranged by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre during the Forum.

The final day will be used for a Roundtable Discussion Session in order to address the future global space governance leading up to "UNISPACE+50" in 2018; and to conclude the Forum with short presentations of the findings of the four breakout sessions and to adopt the Dubai Declaration with conclusions of the Forum to be presented to the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space at its sixtieth session and its subsidiary bodies sessions, Scientific and Technical Subcommittee at its fifty-fourth session and Legal Subcommittee at its fifty-sixth session, in 2017.

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