Leaders from India, the UAE, and Israel will give speeches at the inaugural Abu Dhabi Space Debate, which is being sponsored by UAE President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and organized by the UAE Space Agency. The fast-growing space sector will be represented at the event, which will take place in Abu Dhabi on December 5 and 6, and it aims to influence international cooperation in space exploration.
“Together with UAE President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Israeli President Isaac Herzog and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are set to give a video address to the gathering of global space agencies, government representatives, and private sector leaders in space, avionics, and defense technologies,” said a statement from the UAE Government Media Office.
The Abu Dhabi Space Debate aims to foster a diverse and inclusive discourse that advances international cooperation, standards, and policy-setting for the global space sector, according to Her Excellency Sarah Bint Yousef Al Amiri, Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technology & Chair of the UAE Space Agency.
“At a time of unprecedented global challenges, this platform has a vital role to play in forging consensus, cooperation, and development in this vital sector,” she said.
Dr. George Friedman, founder of Geopolitical Futures, Dr. Robin Geiss, director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, and William Albergue, director of the strategy, technology, and arms control at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, are among the strategists who will participate in the debate. Additionally, 250 space agency and sector leaders from over 30 nations, including Saudi Arabia, the United States, India, the United Kingdom, Korea, France, and Japan, will speak.
“We are delighted to be joined by representatives of the Romanian, Rwandan, Norwegian, Philippines, and Portuguese space agencies, as well as global private sector pioneers. Some of the most exciting developments in the sector are now coming from these younger players and they are driving the expansion in global demand for access to space,” Al Amiri added.
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