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03 March 2024

Mohammed bin Rashid meets with climate policy and space sector decision makers attending Space Agencies Leaders’ Summit at COP28

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By E247

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, met with senior officials and decision-makers from leading global agencies shaping climate policies and space programmes, on the sidelines of their participation in the Space Agencies Leaders’ Summit, at Expo City Dubai. The summit, the first of its kind, was held during the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP28, being hosted in the UAE until 12 December.
The meeting was attended by His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, First Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the UAE.
During the meeting, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid highlighted the UAE's ambitious clean energy and space projects, which are aligned with the country's sustainable development goals and its commitment to contributing to building a brighter global future. He said these projects reflect the UAE's dedication to fostering innovation, international cooperation, and finding effective solutions to global challenges. He commended international space agencies for their vital role in advancing knowledge and solutions for environmental protection and sustainable development.
The meeting was also attended by His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Ports and Borders Security Council.
The Space Agencies Leaders’ Summit, organised by the UAE Space Agency, brought together more than 20 international space agencies. 
The summit, which witnessed the participation of senior officials and decision-makers from the world over, discussed ways of enhancing data sharing between established and emerging space nations, strengthening climate research by allocating resources and funding for climate research initiatives within the space sector, supporting climate monitoring initiatives by establishing new programmes, and promoting sustainable space operations by minimising the environmental impact of space programmes.
The Space Agencies Leaders’ Summit ended with a Space Sector Pledge for Enhancing Space-Based Climate Initiatives to accelerate climate action by financing climate programmes and strengthening climate research to meet global commitments outlined by the Paris Agreement in 2015.
During the summit, international space agencies pledged to enhance mutual exchange of scientific data and boost climate research while promoting sustainable space activities and financing space-climate initiatives.
Demonstrating its pioneering role as an enabler of the space sector, the UAE Space Agency has played an instrumental role in organising the Space Pavilion at COP28, under the slogan ‘Space for Sustainability’.
The Space Pavilion will host an extensive programme featuring numerous presentations and over 60 panel sessions on harnessing satellite data, leveraging space technology for sustainability, addressing climate change through mitigation and adaptation strategies, the latest sustainable technologies and initiatives in the space sector, financing for space-climate initiatives, and methane and greenhouse gases.
Other attendees at the meeting included Her Excellency Sarah  Al Amiri, Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technology; His Excellency Talal Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi, Vice President of Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC); His Excellency Lieutenant General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police; His Excellency Salem Butti Al Qubaisi; Director General, UAE Space Agency, His Excellency Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Chairman of MBRSC; His Excellency Salem Humaid Al Marri, Director General of MBRSC; His Excellency Ibrahim Hamza Al Qasim. Deputy Director General, UAE Space Agency; UAE astronauts Sultan Al Neyadi and Hazza Al Mansoori. Mohsen Al Awadhi Director of Space Missions Department, UAE Space Agency; Omar Hassan Al Shehhi Head of Space Quality Standards Section, UAE Space Agency.