Reaffirming the common interest of mankind in furthering the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes and in continuing efforts to extend to all States the benefits derived therefrom, as well as the importance of international co-operation in this field, for which the United Nations should continue to provide a focal point,
Welcoming the successful completion of the three recent international outer space missions with participation for the first in the peaceful exploration of outer space by the cosmonauts form Czechoslovakia, the German Democratic Republic and Poland together with the cosmonauts from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic within the "Intercosmos" programme of international co-operation in the peaceful uses of outer space,
Recalling its resolution 32/195 of 20 December 1977 concerning the tenth anniversary of the entry into force of the Treaty of Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies,2
2. Invites States which have not yet become parties to international treaties regulating the peaceful uses of outer space to give consideration to ratifying or acceding to those international agreements;
6. Endorses the recommendation of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space that the Scientific and Technical Sub-Committee at its sixteenth session should continue its work on the matters before it, giving priority to the following four items:
7. Approves the recommendation of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space on the co-ordination of activities between the Scientific and Technical Sub-Committee and the Legal Sub-Committee in the area of remote sensing and on the need to continue such co-ordination at their future session;
8. Approves the decision of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space to request the Scientific and Technical Sub-Committee to include in its agenda consideration of technical aspects and safety measures relating to the use of nuclear power sources in outer space for which purpose the Committee recommended that the Sub-Committee should, unless it decides otherwise, create a working group of experts3 open to all its members to meet during its session in accordance with paragraph 76 of the report of the Committee;4
9. Requests launching States to inform States concerned in the event that a space object with nuclear power sources on board is malfunctioning with a risk of re-entry of radio-active materials to the earth;
10. Adopts the recommendations of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space relating to the convening of a second United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space as well as to the arrangements for its preparation, contained in paragraph 75 of the Committee�s report;5
14. Welcomes the report submitted by the World Meteorological Organization on its tropical cyclone project,7 in response to General Assembly resolution 32/196 A, and requests the World Meteorological Organization to continue submitting annual status reports on the project;
15. Expresses its appreciation to all Governments which acted as hosts to, offered fellowships for, or otherwise assisted in the holding of, international training seminars and workshops on space applications, particularly for the benefit of developing countries;
16. Requests the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space to continue its work, in accordance with the present and previous resolutions of the General Assembly, to consider, as appropriate, new projects in outer space activities and to submit a report to the Assembly at its thirty-fourth session, including it views on which subjects should be studied in the future.
51st plenary meeting
10 November 1978
2. Resolution 2222 (XXI), annex.
3. Subsequently referred to as the Working Group on the Use of Nuclear Power Sources in Outer Space.
4. Official Records of the General Assembly, Thirty-third Session, Supplement No. 20 (A/33/20).
5. Official Records of the General Assembly, Thirty-third Session, Supplement No. 20 (A/33/20).