United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space was formed under the General Assembly Fourth Committee: Special, Political and Decolonization, in 1959. It is tasked with regulating the exploration, and use of space for the benefit of all humanity; for peace, security and development along with studying legal problems arising from space exploration.
In the past, UNCOPUOS played crucial roles in adapting the five treaties and five principles of outer space and with the fast paced technological development, the agenda of the Committee is constantly evolving. However, the fundamental duty of the Committee is to form international cooperation in space exploration and find ways to use space technology the global development agenda.
UNCOPUOS was formed in a time when space was yet another field of rivalry, nevertheless the Committee grew quickly and reached a number of 84 Member States and Non-Govermental Organizations. With its mandate, the Committee intends to regulate both international and commercial usage of space. As the Executive Director of UNODC stated “The development agenda requires effective and innovative tools to support its implementation, including those offered by space science and technology applications.”
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Agenda Item I: Establishing frameworks for effective and sustained implementation of the guidelines for the long-term sustainabiliy of outer space activities
Agenda Item II: Improving the effectiveness of the Outer-Space Treaty