Remarks to agenda item 45 of the Fourth Committee of the General Assembly “International cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space”
Director Valda Vikmanis-Keller
Office of Outer Space Affairs of the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
New York, New York
October 28, 2022
First of all, I would like to thank Mr. Omran Sharaf, Chairman of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, and the Office for Outer Space Affairs for their continued work in advancing the important contributions of this Committee to the responsible and safe use of space.
As the only permanent organ of the United Nations exclusively concerned with the peaceful uses of outer space, COPUOS has spent the past six decades working tirelessly to foster international cooperation in the peaceful exploration and continued use growth of outer space for the benefit of all mankind.
The work of the Committee and its two subcommittees is more important than ever, as evidenced by the ongoing efforts to implement the 21 guidelines for the long-term sustainability of outer space activities and the Working Group on Legal Aspects of the recently created space Resource Activities of the Legal Sub-Committee. My delegation also wishes to express its thanks to Mr. Umamaheshwaran of India for his leadership in the LTS working group, and we look forward to participating in the next
November intersessional meeting in Vienna. The LTS and Space Resources Working Groups are just a few examples of the considerable efforts made within the Committee to provide Member States with the opportunity to discuss how best to implement the principles established by the Outer Space Treaty. atmosphere of 1967.
The United States reaffirms its belief that the principles contained in the Outer Space Treaty, along with other applicable international obligations, guide all space activities by governments and the private sector. These include space debris mitigation, the long-term sustainability of space activities and the utilization of space resources – all important areas of international cooperation in which this committee has primary responsibility within the United Nations system.
We also look forward to continued discussions with the Committee on the Artemis Accords, which is a shared effort between the United States and twenty other nations to establish a common vision through a set of practical principles, firmly rooted in the Outer Space Treaty of 1967, on how to create a safe and transparent space environment for all mankind. We welcome all who are committed to these principles and encourage other nations to do the same.
Thank you Mr President.