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United Nations Treaties and Principles on Outer Space: Travaux Préparatoires

The Declaration of Legal Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Uses of Outer Space

Overview:

The present web page contains a collection of official records of negotiations for The Declaration of Legal Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Uses of Outer Space (General Assembly resolution 1962 (XVIII) of 13 December 1963).

The documentation is organized by series symbol, and within each series, it is listed chronologically, covering the years from 1958 to 1963, inclusive. A spreadsheet version of the list of sources is available here, enabling the user to sort the documents by date or by document symbol.

An explanation of these symbols is available here.

How to Use the Tool:

Many documents are reproduced in the reports of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and its Legal Subcommittee. In these instances the spreadsheet indicates which documents are reproduced and in which report.

The hyperlink on the page dedicated to an individual legal instrument brings the user to the reports, each of which contains internal bookmarks that direct the user to the location of the relevant documents within the report.

Disclaimer:

This collection of documents is a work in progress. For those documents that are not yet available on the website, the hyperlink to the PDF will not be active.

As of July 2014, documents relevant to the following United Nations Treaties and Principles on Outer Space are available online:

  • Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies;
  • Agreement on the Rescue of Astronauts, the Return of Astronauts, and the Return of Objects Launched into Outer Space;
  • Convention on International Liability for Damage Caused by Space Objects;
  • Convention on Registration of Objects Launched into Outer Space; and
  • Declaration of Legal Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space.

 

Currently, the Office for Outer Space Affairs is making only English language versions of these documents available. Due to technical reasons, some documents may have missing pages or have sections that are illegible. As work progresses, the Office will endeavor to improve the quality of the scanned documents.

Document Symbol

Year

Description

Available Languages

 
Documents
Series: A/AC.98/L.***
A/AC.98/L.06 1959 Italy WP: Relationship Between Missiles, Satellites, Rockets, and Conventional Aviation     PDF-E      
A/AC.98/L.07 1959 Report Under Paragraph 1(d) of the GA Res 1348 (XIII)     PDF-E      
A/AC.98/L.08 1959 Working paper submitted by the delegation of Mexico     PDF-E      
A/AC.98/L.10 1959 Draft Report on Paragraph 1(c) of GA Res 1348 (XIII)     PDF-E      
A/AC.98/L.12 1959 Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space: Draft presented by the Rapporteur     PDF-E      
 
Series: A/AC.98/C.2/WP.***
A/AC.98/C.2/WP.01 1959 Report Under Paragraph 1(d) of the GA Res 1348 (XIII)     PDF-E      
A/AC.98/C.2/WP.03 1959 Report Under Paragraph 1(d) of the GA Res 1348 (XIII)     PDF-E      
A/AC.98/C.2/WP.05 1959 Draft Report of the Working Group     PDF-E      
 
Series: A/AC.98/C.2/L.***
A/AC.98/C.2/L.01 1959 Report of the Working Group to the Legal Committee (Note by the Secretariat)     PDF-E      
 
Series: A/AC.98/***
A/AC.98/2 1959 Report of the Legal Committee     PDF-E      
 
Series: A/AC.105/L.***
A/AC.105/L.02 1962 USSR: Draft declaration of the basic principles governing the activities of States pertaining to the exploration and use of outer space     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/L.06 1962 UAR: Code for international co-operation in the peaceful uses of outer space     PDF-E      
 
Series: A/AC.105/***
A/AC.105/01 1962 Letter dated 19 March 1962 from the Deputy Permanent Representative of the United Sates of America to the United Nations addreessed to the acting Secretary General     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/02 1962 Letter dated 21 March 1962 from the Deputy Permanent Representative of the USSR addressed to the acting Secretary General     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/06 1962 LSC Report - First Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/12 1962 LSC Report - Second Session     PDF-E      
 
Series: A/C.1/***
A/C.1/879 1962 Letter dated 4 December 1962 from the Permanent Representative of the UK to the UN addressed to the Chairman of the First Committee     PDF-E      
A/C.1/881 1962 Letter dated 8 December 1962 from the representative of the USA to the Chairman of the First Committee     PDF-E      
A/C.1/L.219 1958 USSR: Draft resolution     PDF-E      
A/C.1/L.219/Rev.1 1958 USSR: Draft resolution     PDF-E      
A/C.1/L.220 1958 Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, Denmark, France, Guatemala, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Turkey, Union of South Africa, UK, USA, Uruguay, and Venezuela: Draft resolution     PDF-E      
A/C.1/L.224/Rev.1 1958 Burma, India, and UAR: revised draft resolution     PDF-E      
A/C.1/L.301 1961 Australia, Canada, Italy, and USA: Draft Resolution     PDF-E      
A/C.1/L.320 1962 Canada and USA: draft resolution     PDF-E      
A/C.1/L.320/Add.1 1962 Canada and USA: draft resolution     PDF-E      
 
Series: A/***
A/3818 1958 USSR: Request for the inclusion of an item in the provisional agenda of the thirteenth session     PDF-E      
A/3844/Add.1 1958 Introduction to the Annual Report of the Secretary-General on the Work of the Organization: 16 June 1957 - 15 June 1958     PDF-E      
A/3902 1968 USA: Request for the inclusion of an item in the provisional agenda of the thirteenth session     PDF-E      
A/4009 1958 Report of the First Committee     PDF-E      
A/4141 1959 Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space     PDF-E      
A/5026 1961 Report of the First Committee     PDF-E      
A/5109 1962 Report of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space     PDF-E      
A/5181 1962 Report of COPUOS     PDF-E      
A/5549 1963 LSC Report     PDF-E      
A/5549/Add.1 1963 LSC Report     PDF-E      
A/5656 1963 Report of the First Committee     PDF-E      
 
Series: A/RES/***
A/RES/1348 (XIII) 1958 Resolution: Question of the Peaceful Use of Outer Space     PDF-E      
A/RES/1721 (XVI) 1961 International Co-operation in the Peaceful uses of Outer Space     PDF-E      
A/RES/1802 (XVII) 1962 Resolution adopted by the General Assembly: International Co-operation in the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space     PDF-E      
A/RES/1962 (XVIII) 1963 Declaration of Legal Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space     PDF-E      
A/RES/1963 (XVIII) 1963 International Co-operation in the Peaceful uses of Outer Space     PDF-E      
 
Official Records of Meetings
Series: A/AC.98/C.2/SR.***
A/AC.98/C.2/SR.01 1959 Ad Hoc Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space - Legal Committee - Summary Records     PDF-E      
A/AC.98/C.2/SR.02 1959 Ad Hoc Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space - Legal Committee - Summary Records     PDF-E      
A/AC.98/C.2/SR.03 1959 Ad Hoc Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space - Legal Committee - Summary Records     PDF-E      
A/AC.98/C.2/SR.04 1959 Ad Hoc Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space - Legal Committee - Summary Records     PDF-E      
A/AC.98/C.2/SR.05 1959 Ad Hoc Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space - Legal Committee - Summary Records     PDF-E      
 
Series: A/AC.98/SR.***
A/AC.98/SR.03 1959 Ad Hoc Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space - Summary Records     PDF-E      
 
Series: A/AC.105/C.2/SR.***
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.01 1962 Summary Records - LSC - First Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.02 1962 Summary Records - LSC - First Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.03 1962 Summary Records - LSC - First Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.04 1962 Summary Records - LSC - First Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.05 1962 Summary Records - LSC - First Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.06 1962 Summary Records - LSC - First Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.07 1962 Summary Records - LSC - First Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.08 1962 Summary Records - LSC - First Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.09 1962 Summary Records - LSC - First Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.10 1962 Summary Records - LSC - First Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.11 1962 Summary Records - LSC - First Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.12 1962 Summary Records - LSC - First Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.13 1962 Summary Records - LSC - First Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.14 1962 Summary Records - LSC - First Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.15 1962 Summary Records - LSC - First Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.16 1963 Summary Records - LSC - Second Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.17 1963 Summary Records - LSC - Second Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.18 1963 Summary Records - LSC - Second Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.19 1963 Summary Records - LSC - Second Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.20 1963 Summary Records - LSC - Second Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.21 1963 Summary Records - LSC - Second Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.22 1963 Summary Records - LSC - Second Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.23 1963 Summary Records - LSC - Second Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.24 1963 Summary Records - LSC - Second Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.26 1963 Summary Records - LSC - Second Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.27 1963 Summary Records - LSC - Second Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.28 1963 Summary Records - LSC - Second Session     PDF-E      
 
Series: A/AC.105/PV.***
A/AC.105/PV.10 1963 COPUOS Verbatim Records     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/PV.11 1962 COPUOS Verbatim Records     PDF-E      
A/AC.105 /PV.12 1963 COPUOS Verbatim Records     PDF-E      
A/AC.105 /PV.13 1963 COPUOS Verbatim Records     PDF-E      
A/AC.105 /PV.15 1963 COPUOS Verbatim Records     PDF-E      
A/AC.105 /PV.16 1963 COPUOS Verbatim Records     PDF-E      
A/AC.105 /PV.17 1963 COPUOS Verbatim Records     PDF-E      
A/AC.105 /PV.20 1963 COPUOS Verbatim Records     PDF-E      
A/AC.105 /PV.21 1963 COPUOS Verbatim Records     PDF-E      
A/AC.105 /PV.22 1963 COPUOS Verbatim Records     PDF-E      
A/AC.105 /PV.24 1963 COPUOS Verbatim Records     PDF-E      
 
Series: A/C.1/SR.***
A/C.1/SR.983 1958 Discussion of Agenda Item 60     PDF-E    
A/C.1/SR.984 1958 Discussion of Agenda Item 60     PDF-E      
A/C.1/SR.985 1958 Discussion of Agenda Item 60     PDF-E      
A/C.1/SR.986 1958 Discussion of Agenda Item 60     PDF-E      
A/C.1/SR.987 1958 Discussion of Agenda Item 60     PDF-E      
A/C.1/SR.988 1958 Discussion of Agenda Item 60     PDF-E      
A/C.1/SR.989 1958 Discussion of Agenda Item 60     PDF-E      
A/C.1/SR.990 1958 Discussion of Agenda Item 60     PDF-E      
A/C.1/SR.992 1958 Discussion of Agenda Item 60     PDF-E      
 
A/C.1/SR.1079 1959 Agenda Item 25 - Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space     PDF-E      
A/C.1/SR.1080 1959 Agenda Item 25 - Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space     PDF-E      
A/C.1/SR.1210 1961 Summary Records - Sixteenth Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/SR.1211 1961 Summary Records - Sixteenth Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/SR.1212 1961 Summary Records - Sixteenth Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/SR.1213 1961 Summary Records - Sixteenth Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/SR.1289 1962 Summary Records - First Committee - Seventeenth Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/SR.1290 1962 Summary Records - First Committee - Seventeenth Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/SR.1291 1962 Summary Records - First Committee - Seventeenth Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/SR.1292 1962 Summary Records - First Committee - Seventeenth Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/SR.1293 1962 Summary Records - First Committee - Seventeenth Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/SR.1294 1962 Summary Records - First Committee - Seventeenth Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/SR.1296 1962 Summary Records - First Committee - Seventeenth Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/SR.1297 1962 Summary Records - First Committee - Seventeenth Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/SR.1298 1962 First Committee GA: Summary Records - Seventeenth Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/SR.1342 1963 Summary Records - First Committee - Eighteenth Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/SR.1343 1963 Summary Records - First Committee - Eighteenth Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/SR.1344 1963 Summary Records - First Committee - Eighteenth Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/SR.1345 1963 Summary Records - First Committee - Eighteenth Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/SR.1346 1963 Summary Records - First Committee - Eighteenth Session     PDF-E      
 
Series: A/C.1/PV.***
A/C.1/PV.1079 1959 First Committee - Verbatim Record     PDF-E      
A/C.1/PV.1080 1959 First Committee - Verbatim Record     PDF-E      
A/C.1/PV.1212 1961 Verbatim Records - Sixteenth Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/PV.1213 1961 Verbatim Records - Sixteenth Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/PV.1289 1962 Verbatim Records - First Committee - Seventeenth Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/PV.1290 1962 Verbatim Records - First Committee - Seventeenth Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/PV.1291 1962 Verbatim Records - First Committee - Seventeenth Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/PV.1292 1962 Verbatim Records - First Committee - Seventeenth Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/PV.1293 1962 Verbatim Records - First Committee - Seventeenth Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/PV.1294 1962 Verbatim Records - First Committee - Seventeenth Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/PV.1295 1962 Verbatim Records - First Committee - Seventeenth Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/PV.1296 1962 Verbatim Records - First Committee - Seventeenth Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/PV.1297 1962 Verbatim Records - First Committee - Seventeenth Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/PV.1298 1962 Verbatim Records - Plenary Meeting - Seventeenth Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/PV.1342 1963 Verbatim Records - First Committee - Eighteenth Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/PV.1210 1961 Verbatim Records - Sixteenth Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/PV.1211 1961 Verbatim Records - Sixteenth Session     PDF-E      
 
Series: A/PV.***
A/PV.792 1958 Plenary Meeting     PDF-E      
A/PV.1126 1962 Verbatim Records - Plenary Meeting - Seventeenth Session     PDF-E      
A/PV.1192 1962 Verbatim Records - Plenary Meeting - Seventeenth Session     PDF-E      
A/PV.1280 1963 Verbatim Records - Plenary Meeting - Eighteenth Session     PDF-E      
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