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ROSA President attends the 2017 United Nations/United Arab Emirates High Level Forum

on 13 November 2017

On 6 – 9 November, Dr. Phys. Marius-Ioan Piso, President of the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA), participated at the United Nations/United Arab Emirates High Level Forum in Dubai. The President of ROSA also met with the Director General of the United Arab Emirates Space Agency, Mr. Mohammed Al-Ahbabi, to discuss a possible Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations.

In 2016, the United Nations/United Arab Emirates High Level Forum: Space as a Driver for Socioeconomic Sustainable Development was established as a permanent platform for strengthening partnerships among all stakeholders working towards Space2030. The Dubai Declaration, adopted on that occasion, also acknowledged UNISPACE+50 was a milestone opportunity to demonstrate the broad societal benefits of space. UNISPACE+50 is the 50th anniversary of the first United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

As a result, this year’s edition of the forum focused during the first two days on lessons learned and new ideas on the four pillars of space economy, space society, space accessibility and space diplomacy, including all their interactions as outlined in the Dubai Declaration. The following two days of the forum brought together decision makers from governments, space agencies, and other stakeholders to discuss the plan of action in preparation for UNISPACE+50.

Mr. Piso was invited to participate at the High-level panel on “Space as an arena for innovation, integration and investment”, together with other space agency leaders.

Mr. Mohammed Al-Ahbabi, Director General of the United Arab Emirates Space Agency, invited Dr. Phys. Marius-Ioan Piso to discuss opportunities for collaboration during a bilateral meeting. The two leaders talked about the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between their organisations. The President of ROSA took the opportunity and invited his counterpart to visit ROSA in Bucharest.

The 2017 United Nations/United Arab Emirates High Level Forum was organised by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the United Arab Emirates, and hosted by the United Arab Emirates Space Agency and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre.

More details about the event can be accessed here.

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