UN Appoints a Space Ambassador to Greet Alien Visitors

Mazlan Othman, a Malaysian astrophysicist, is set to be tasked with co-ordinating humanity’s response if and when extraterrestrials make contact.

The afternoon session on linkages and cross-cutting issues featured panelists Mazlan Othman (Director, UN Office for Outer Space Affairs) and Pedro Sanchez (The Earth Institute). Panelists and participants discussed international cooperation in developing, deploying and disseminating new and innovative technologies, and other issues that help achieve multiple impacts and objectives, including means of implementation.

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