FromĀ 20 to 24 November, the firstĀ High Level Forum of the United Nations/United Arab EmiratesĀ will be organized inĀ Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The subject of this forum will beĀ ā€œSpace as a Driver for Socio-Economic Sustainable Developmentā€.

TheĀ First High Level ForumĀ aims to drive debate on the role ofĀ space science and technologyĀ in fosteringĀ global development. The Forum, therefore, represents a unique opportunity for the collective space community to address the future global space governance leading up to the fiftieth anniversary of the First United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space “UNISPACE+50” in 2018.

On the second day of the Forum,Ā 21 November,Ā WIA-Europe sponsors the Women-In-Space BreakfastĀ which will be held from 8h00 ā€“ 8h45. Our Director of International and Institutional Relations, Christiane Lechtenboerger, will moderate this breakfast. Simonetta di Pippo, Honorary President of WIA-Europe and Director of United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and Gale Allen, National Aeronautics and Space Administration will be key-note speakers.

Other speakers are TBC and will be announced soon.

The breakfast isĀ open to all participants. The event designed to foster the interests of women working in space science and technology, and toĀ advance womenĀ through initiatives andĀ leadership development, as well as networking. Here the program of the event:

8.00 – 8.02: Welcome by Christiane Lechtenboerger, WIA-E/DLR (moderator)
8.02 – 8.07: Speech by Simonetta di Pippo, Director, UNOOSA
8.07 – 8.12: Speech by Sumaya Al Hajeri, Assistant Manager, Regulatory and Licensing, UAE Space Agency
8.12 – 8.17: Speech by Khuloud Al Harmoodi, Manager, Project Management Section, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre
8.17 – 8.22: Speech by Gale Allen, Deputy Chief Scientist, NASA
8.22 – 8.29: Speech by Dominique Tilmans, Chair, Eurisy
8.29 – 8.30: Thank you comments by Christiane
8.30 – 8.45: Networking