Furthering research, exploration, and the peaceful use of outer spacethrough international cooperation
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) works to help all countries, especially developing countries, access and leverage the benefits of space to accelerate sustainable development through a variety of activities that cover all aspects related to space, from space law to space applications. UNOOSA provides the Secretariat services to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) and its two Subcommittees, the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee and the Legal Subcommittee. Since its establishment in 1959, COPUOS has been serving as a focal point for international cooperation in the peaceful exploration and use of outer space, maintaining close contacts with governmental and non-governmental organizations concerned with outer space activities. Today, COPUOS has 102 Member States and 45 Observer Organizations (www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/ourwork/copuos/members/evolution.html) .
COSPAR was the first organization to be granted an observer status in COPUOS in 1962, and it has worked with UNCOPUOS and UNOOSA since then on a variety of topics of joint interest to both organizations, covered under a Memorandum of Understanding.
COSPAR resources and activities linked to the United Nations can be found under the links below. Professor Hermann Opgenoorth, Vice-Chair of our Panel on Space Weather, is our COSPAR Liaison to the United Nations.
It is worth noting that most, if not all, of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals defined under the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development benefit from contributions from space science and technology development.
• Home page of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs https://www.unoosa.org/
• Web resource of COPUOS https://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/ourwork/copuos/index.html
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