Abu Dhabi, 27 October 2023 (TDI): The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has reaffirmed its dedication to the promotion of international cooperation in the peaceful use of outer space, underscoring the vast potential that this frontier offers for the betterment of humanity.

In a statement delivered at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the UAE expressed its commitment to fostering collaboration and responsible exploration of space, recognizing its significance in achieving global goals.

The UAE began by expressing its gratitude to Omran Sharaf, Chair of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), for his tireless leadership in advancing international cooperation in outer space activities.

Additionally, Niklas Hedman, the Acting Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), was acknowledged for his invaluable contributions to the field.

The UAE extended its warmest congratulations to Aarti Holla-Maini, the newly appointed director of UNOOSA.

Her capable leadership is expected to further elevate the office and its role in guiding global efforts in outer space exploration.

Emphasizing the boundless possibilities that outer space presents, the UAE highlighted the transformative impact of international cooperation in peaceful space exploration.

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Scientific experiments conducted in space have already yielded real benefits in various domains, including technology, environmental monitoring, agriculture, engineering, and communications.

The UAE itself has made significant progress in space exploration, with missions to the International Space Station, the Moon, Mars, and a recent venture to the Asteroid Belt.

Notably, these endeavors have been characterized by robust international collaboration, underscoring the nation’s commitment to shared exploration goals.

In particular, the UAE’s astronaut, Sultan AlNeyadi, conducted over 200 experiments during his mission on the International Space Station, working in conjunction with 10 international space agencies and 25 esteemed universities.

These collaborative efforts have showcased the power of uniting diverse talents and expertise to advance scientific knowledge.

The UAE has also channeled its space capabilities towards addressing global challenges, such as climate change, environment monitoring, and food security.

Collaborative initiatives have been launched to harness satellite data, develop early warning systems, and mitigate the impact of climate change on vulnerable nations.

These endeavors underscore the UAE’s commitment to promoting sustainability and environmental responsibility.

A significant upcoming event is the 28th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28), set to take place in Dubai in November 2023.

This conference aims to unite nations in the pursuit of bold, practical, and ambitious solutions to combat climate change.

The UAE is leveraging its hosting of this event to showcase the role of space applications in addressing climate and environmental challenges.

The UAE’s commitment to responsible space exploration extends to the preservation and sustainable use of outer space and strengthening international cooperation in space activities.

It emphasizes transparency, responsibility, and confidence-building measures among member states while advocating for curbing the arms race in outer space.

In conclusion, the UAE is not only pioneering in space science but also developing advanced technologies with global welfare in mind.

Its active engagement and commitment to international cooperation in the peaceful use of outer space continue to inspire progress and serve as a beacon of hope for the peaceful exploration of the final frontier.

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Maham Shabir
A dedicated and passionate undergraduate scholar of UMT, Maham Shabir, embarks on her academic journey in International Relations with fervor. Entranced by the nuanced interplay that molds our globally linked world, Maham's resolute dedication propels her towards a purposeful mission. Eager to interface with the diplomatic sphere via this platform, she finds an impeccable synergy between her aspirations and the opportunity to catalyze cooperation and empathy on the international stage.