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15 December 2022
VIENNA, 15 December (UN Information Service) - International efforts to deliver thriving, responsible and sustainable national space economies are boosted by a new partnership between the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB).
The partnership will focus on strengthening the Brazilian space sector through specialized technical assistance. Support will be given to the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB) to further develop the national space sector for socio-economic development and to enhance the cooperation between AEB and public and private stakeholders.
The funds will be used to conduct research on the Brazilian space sector, develop e-learning material and training for the Brazilian space workforce and to organize the first UN Space Economy Conference in 2024. Through this agreement, the partners will directly contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with the main focus on SDG 8 (Decent work and economic growth), SDG 9 (Industry Innovation and Infrastructure), and SDG 17 (Partnerships).
Acting Director of UNOOSA, Niklas Hedman, said: "With its myriad of positive impacts, the space sector boosts economic growth and accelerates sustainable development. Building the capacity of Member States to benefit from space is at the core of the mission of UNOOSA to bring the benefits of space to everyone, everywhere. We are thrilled to work with UNDP and AEB in promoting the space economy in Brazil."
UNDP Resident Representative in Brazil, Katyna Argueta, said: "Space economy in Brazil is a promising sector that can boost economy growth, human capital, technological transformation and innovation, at the same time that it can support data collection and scientific research on key issues for climate change and environmental conservation. This partnership with UNOOSA and AEB, which combines different expertise and institution vocation, will be key to expanding local capacities to promote the space economy and increase Brazil's opportunities worldwide."
National Director of Project BRA/20/021, Mr. Aluísio Camargo, said: "I believe the partnership will bring several benefits to the Brazilian Space Program. The space economy consists of a full range of activities and the use of resources that create and provide value and benefits to humans in the course of exploring, understanding, managing and utilizing space. With that in mind, this agreement mainly seeks to increase the Brazilian Space Agency's ability to foster a strong and sustainable space economy in our country and, besides, to intensify partnerships within the space sector, including all public and private actors involved in developing, providing and using space-related products and services.
More information about UNOOSA Space Economy Project: https://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/ourwork/topics/space-economy/index.html
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