Abu Dhabi to host meeting of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems

Abu Dhabi to host meeting of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems

Abu Dhabi will be hosting the 16th edition of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG), part of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, from 9 to 14 October 2022 in Abu Dhabi. The ICG is tasked with promoting constructive cooperation among its members and achieving interoperability among systems and transparency in providing satellite navigation services around the world.

The UAE Space Agency (UAESA) completed its preparations for hosting the international forum, which will see the participation of more than 260 participants in person, and virtually, in addition to representatives of ICG delegations, UN member countries, government, and non-government agencies specializing in satellite navigation, entrepreneurs, and specialists, which will be over 140 participants in total.

The international meeting, chaired by Abdulla Al Marar, Head Of the Space Projects Section at the UAE Space Agency, will include a number of forums, interactive seminars, and in-person and virtual demonstrations, which will provide a comprehensive overview of how to make use of satellite navigation systems in various fields, in addition to showcasing the latest technologies, research fields, current issues, developments, and future expectations in this field.

The ICG contributes to global sustainable development; its main goals revolve around coordinating among satellite navigation service providers, rallying efforts to ensure the highest levels of interoperation and transparency, efficiency, and achieving optimal use of services. The ICG provides support and assistance to users of satellite navigation when designing applications and development plans by encouraging joint cooperation, coordination, and action, through its capacity as a forum for exchanging information, ideas, and solutions.

The UAE Space Agency enjoys a prominent standing among the most important international organizations in the global space sector, as it is a member of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the International Committee for Space Exploration, the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG), and the Earth Observation Group (EOG). In addition, the UAE recently assumed the presidency of the United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS).

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