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18 June 2019


UNOOSA signs MoU with Ministry of Digital Development, Defence and Aerospace Industry of Kazakhstan

VIENNA, 18 June (United Nations Information Service) - On the margins of the 62 nd session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Digital Development, Defence and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan to cooperate in the use of space-based information, space science, technology and applications for advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In particular, the two parties will work together on the use of space-based information to support the full disaster management cycle. They will jointly facilitate innovation in the space sector and work together on capacity-building activities, including through enhancing the skills of scientists, students and other specialists in the space sector, as well as facilitating their participation in joint scientific research activities and projects.

UNOOSA Director Simonetta Di Pippo said: "UNOOSA is proud to have signed this MoU with the Ministry of the Republic of Kazakhstan, a country with an illustrious tradition in enabling space exploration and innovation. Together, we will promote further innovation in the sector and we will help humanity leverage the full potential of space science and applications, which keeps growing every day, for fostering sustainable development".

The Vice Minister of Digital Development, Defence and Aerospace industry of Kazakhstan, Marat Nurguzhin, said: "This MoU will be a good basis for the development of cooperation between the Ministry and the United Nations in the field of outer space activities".


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For further information, please contact:
Ottavia Pesce
United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
Telephone: (+43-699) 1459 8718
Email: pesce[at]



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