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General Assembly Resolution 37/89
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RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

37/89. International co-operation in the peaceful uses of outer space

The General Assembly,

Recalling its resolution 36/35 of 18 November 1981,

Bearing in mind the fact that twenty-five years have passed since the beginning of international co-operation in the peaceful uses of outer space in the United Nations,

Deeply convinced of the common interest of mankind in promoting the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes and in continuing efforts to extend to all States the benefits derived therefrom, and of the importance of international co-operation in this field, for which the United Nations should continue to provide a focal point,

Reaffirming the importance of international co-operation in developing the rule of law for the advancement and preservation of the exploration and peaceful uses of outer space,

Taking note with satisfaction of the progress achieved in the further development of peaceful space exploration and application as well as in various national and co-operative space projects, which contribute to international co-operation in this field,

Having considered the report of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space on the work of its twenty-fifth session,1

1.    Endorses the report of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space;

2.    Invites States that have not yet become parties to the international treaties governing the use of outer space2 to give consideration to ratifying or acceding to those treaties;

3.    Takes note with appreciation of the successful conclusion of the Second United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, held at Vienna from 9 to 21 August 1982;3

4.    Notes that the Legal Sub-Committee of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space at its twenty-first session:

(a)    Continued its efforts to formulate draft principles relating to the legal implications of remote sensing of the earth from space;

(b)    Considered the possibility of supplementing the norms of international law relevant to the use of nuclear power sources in outer space through its working group;

(c)    Continued its discussion of matters relating to the definition and/or delimitation of outer space and outer space activities, bearing in mind, inter alia, questions relating to the geostationary orbit;

5.    Decides that the Legal Sub-Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space at its twenty-second session should:

(a)    Continue on a priority basis its detailed consideration of the legal implications of remote sensing of the earth from space, with the aim of formulating draft principles relating to remote sensing;

(b)    Continue its consideration of:

    (i)      The possibility of supplementing the norms of international law relevant to the use of nuclear power sources in outer space through its working group;

    (ii)     Matters relating to the definition and/or delimitation of outer space and outer space activities, bearing in mind, inter alia, questions relating to the geostationary orbit, and devote adequate time for a deeper consideration of this question;

6.    Notes that the Scientific and Technical Sub-Committee of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space at its nineteenth session continued:

(a)    Its consideration of questions relating to remote sensing of the earth by satellites;

(b)    Its consideration of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications and the co-ordination of space activities within the United Nations system;

(c)    Its examination of the physical nature and technical attributes of the geostationary orbit;

(d)    Its consideration of technical aspects of and safety measures relating to the use of nuclear power sources in outer space;

(e)    Its consideration of questions relating to space transportation systems and their implications for future activities in space;

(f)    Preparations for the Second United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in its capacity as Advisory Committee to the Preparatory Committee;

7.    Endorses the recommendation of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space that the Scientific and Technical Sub-Committee at its twentieth session should:

(a)    Consider the following items on a priority basis:

    (i)      Consideration of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications and the co-ordination of outer space activities within the United Nations system;

    (ii)     Questions relating to remote sensing of the earth by satellites;

    (iii)    Use of nuclear power sources in outer space;

(b)    Consider the following items:

    (i)      Questions relating to space transportation systems and their implications for future activities in space;

    (ii)     Examination of the physical nature and technical attributes of the geostationary orbit;

8.    Endorses the United Nations Programme on Space Applications for 1983, as proposed to the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space by the Expert on Space Applications4 and the recommendations by the Second United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space relating to the Programme;5

9.    Requests the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, with the benefit of possible advice of both its Sub-Committees in their next sessions, to consider the implementation of the recommendations of the Second United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, in particular the order of priorities and the carrying out of the studies recommended by the Conference;

10.    Expresses its appreciation to all Governments as well as specialized agencies and other international organizations 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;

11.    Requests the specialized agencies and other international organizations to continue and, where appropriate, enhance their co-operation with the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and to provide it with progress reports on their work relating to the peaceful uses of outer space;

12.    Requests the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space to continue its work, in accordance with the present resolution 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-eighth session, including its views on which subjects should be studied in the future.

100th plenary meeting
10 December 1982

 

 

Note

1.   Official Records of the General Assembly, Thirty-seventh Session, Supplement No. 20 (A/37/20).

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2.   Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies (General Assembly resolution 2222 (XXI); annex); Agreement on the Rescue of Astronauts, the Return of Astronauts and the Return of Objects Launched into Outer Space (General Assembly resolution 2345 (XXII); annex); Convention on International Liability for Damage Caused by Space Objects (General Assembly resolution 2777 (XXVI); annex); Convention on Registration of Objects Launched into Outer Space (General Assembly resolution 3235 (XXIX); annex); Agreement Governing the Activities of States on the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies (General Assembly resolution 34/68 ; annex).

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3.   See A/CONF.101/10 and Corr.1 and 2.

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4.   A/AC.105/302, sect. III.

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5.   A/CONF.101/10 and Corr.1 and 2, paras. 429 and 430.

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