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30 October 2017


Media representatives are invited to the

United Nations/United Arab Emirates High Level Forum
 "Space as a Driver for Socio-economic Development"

6-9 November 2017
Grand Hyatt Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


VIENNA, 30 October (United Nations Information Service) - The international space community will gather in Dubai from 6 to 9 November 2017 for a High Level Forum to discuss the benefits to society of space and international cooperation and coordination in the peaceful uses of outer space.

The Forum is a unique opportunity for the collective space community to address the importance of space in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and engage further in the cross-sectoral areas of the four High Level Forum pillars of space economy, space society, space accessibility and space diplomacy. This conference will bring together a wide range of participants, including academia, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, governmental entities, space agencies, and the private sector.

The Forum will be divided into two sessions: expert presentations and discussions on 6 and 7 November, and high-level panels on 8 and 9 November.

This Forum is one of a number of flagship activities organized by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) to build on the Dubai Declaration of 2016 and provide recommendations for UNISPACE+50 in June 2018. UNISPACE+50 will be a special segment of the annual session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first United Nations Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE) and set the future course of global space cooperation in a shared vision entitled "Space2030".

The United Nations/United Arab Emirates High Level Forum on Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Development is organized by UNOOSA, in conjunction with the United Arab Emirates Space Agency, and hosted by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre.


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Media representatives who wish to obtain accreditation for the event should contact:
Grace Haber
Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre
Telephone: (+971) 5546 23472
Email: grace.haber[at]

For more information about UNOOSA, please contact:
Daria Brankin
United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)
Telephone: (+43 699) 1459 8718
Email: daria.brankin[at]


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