Insight - UNCOPUOS and Space Sustainability
By Christopher Johnson, SWF Project Manager
United Nations General Assembly Resolution 1348 (XIII) of December 13, 1958, established the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) as the principal international committee to consider humankind’s activities in outer space. First established as an ad hoc committee, COPUOS was made a permanent committee with General Assembly Resolution 1472 (XIV) in 1959. Since the early sixties, COPUOS has met every year, usually alternating between UN Headquarters in New York City and the UN in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1994, COPUOS was moved to the UN in Vienna, Austria, where it has since remained.
Last month in Vienna, COPUOS successfully concluded its 59th annual session.The present seems like an opportune time to consider some current developments from the most recent COPUOS meeting, as well as the Secure World Foundation’s role and approach to this indispensable international forum...continue reading