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Monday, January 02, 2006 

U.N. to establish "Decade of Contact"

This odd little press release came across the wire yesterday:

U.N to hold General Assembly to discuss exopolitics.

For the first time in 27 years, the United Nations General Assembly will be debating the issue of establishing diplomatic relations with advanced Extraterrestrial Civilizations that may now be visiting Earth. On December 16, 2005, a Resolution to establish a United Nations Decade of Contact was formally transmitted to the incoming President of the General Assembly, H.E. Jan Eliasson of Sweden by the Institute for Cooperation in Space (ICIS), a Non-Governmental Organization. Almost to the day twenty-seven years ago, on December 18, 1978, the United Nations General Assembly voted to approve decision 33/426, inviting U.N. Member States "to take appropriate steps to coordinate on a national level scientific research and investigation into extraterrestrial life, including unidentified flying objects, and to inform the Secretary-General of the observations, research and evaluation of such activities."...

Is there something we're supposed to be bracing for or is this just a discussion that is had by the U.N. every 30 years? Just what I needed, something else to read up on all through the night. Bah.

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