UFO: Alien ambassador appointed by United Nations?

UN ‘to appoint space ambassador to greet alien visitors’. A space ambassador could be appointed by the United Nations to act as the first point of contact for aliens trying to communicate with Earth. Mazlan Othman, a Malaysian astrophysicist, is set to be tasked with co-ordinating humanity’s response if and when extraterrestrials make contact. Aliens who landed on earth and asked: “Take me to your leader” would be directed to Mrs Othman. She will set out the details of her proposed new role at a Royal Society conference in Buckinghamshire next week. The 58-year-old is expected to tell delegates that the proposal has been prompted by the recent discovery of hundreds of planets orbiting other starts, which is thought to make the discovery of extraterrestrial life more probable than ever before. Mrs Othman is currently head of the UN’s little known Office for Outer Space Affairs (Unoosa).In a recent talk to fellow scientists, she said: “The continued search for extraterrestrial communication, by several entities, sustains the hope that some day human kind will received signals from extraterrestrials. “When we do, we should have in place a coordinated response that takes into account all the sensitivities related to the subject. The UN is a ready-made mechanism

for such coordination.” Professor Richard Crowther, an expert in space law at the UK space agency who leads delegations to the UN, said: “Othman is absolutely the nearest thing we have to a ‘take me to your leader’ person”. The plan to make Unoosa the co-ordinating body for dealing with alien encounters will be debated by UN scientific advisory committees and should eventually reach the body’s general assembly. Opinion is divided about how future extraterrestrial visitors should be greeted. Under the Outer Space Treaty on 1967, which Unoosa oversees, UN members agreed to protect Earth against contamination by alien species by “sterilising” them. Mrs Othman is understood to support a more tolerant approach. But Professor Stephen Hawking has warned that alien interlopers should be treated with caution. He said: “I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. The outcome for us would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.” The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs: a guide. The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs was set up in 1962 to promote the “peaceful use of outer space”. However, it is also responsible for

the rather more exciting political ramifications of what to do if aliens land on Earth. As such, its own leader Prof Mazlan Othman, a Malaysian astrophysicist, is in charge and therefore the one expected to meet and conduct negotiations with the first extraterrestrials that might come to this planet. UNOOSA’s other duties include passing the benefits of technology developed for space to Earth-bound humanity, particularly those in the Third World; and monitoring what is sent into space.Its Programme on Space Applications covers developments in “meteorology, communications and natural-resource management” and offers education and advice with the stated aim of narrowing the gap between industrialised and developing countries.It maintains the Register of Objects Launched into Outer Space and, in May, it issued a warning that the volume of “space junk” orbiting the Earth – including abandoned rockets, shattered satellites and missile shrapnel – was such that a collision was becoming more likely and that it could even set off a chain reaction capable of destroying the communications network on Earth. According to its website, its committee meets just once a year, most recently between June 9 and 18 this year. It is based in Vienna.It does not deal with the issue of weapons in space, which is the remit of the Conference on Disarmament. News from: London Telegraph   telegraph.co.uk


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