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United Nations Treaties and Principles on Outer Space: Travaux Préparatoires

Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies

Overview:

The present web page contains a collection of official records of negotiations for the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, adopted by the General Assembly in its resolution 2222 (XXI), opened for signature on 27 January 1967, entered into force on 10 October 1967.

The documentation is organized by series symbol, and within each series, it is listed chronologically, covering the years from 1963 to 1966, 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.105/C.2/***
A/AC.105/C.2/L.12 1966 USA: Proposal     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/L.13 1966 Letter dated 11 July 1966 by USSR     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/L.15 1966 UAR: Draft Resolution     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/L.16 1966 Interim Report by the Chairman     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/L.16/Corr.1 1966 Interim Report by the Chairman     PDF-E      
 
Series: A/AC.105/***
A/AC.105/16 1964 Interim Report of the Bureau of the Organization of the work of the Committee in 1964     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/16/Add. 1 1964 Report of the Bureau of the Organization of the work of the Committee in 1964     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/32 1966 Draft Treaty Governing the Exploration of the Moon and other Celestial Bodies     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/32/Corr.1 1966 Draft Treaty Governing the Exploration of the Moon and other Celestial Bodies     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 1966 LSC Report - 5th Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.150/35 Annex I 1966 LSC Report - 5th Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex II - WG/L.1 1966 Text of articles accepted by the Working Group     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex II - WG/L.1/Corr.1 1966 Text of articles accepted by the Working Group     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex II - WG/L.2 1966 Text of articles accepted by the Working Group     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex II - WG/L.3 1966 Text of articles accepted by the Working Group     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex II - WG/L.4 1966 Text of articles accepted by the Working Group     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex II - WG/L.5 1966 Text of articles accepted by the Working Group     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex II - WG/L.5/Corr.1 1966 Text of articles accepted by the Working Group     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex II - WG/L.6 1966 Text of articles accepted by the Working Group     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex II - WG/L.7 1966 Text of articles accepted by the Working Group     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex II - WG/L.8 1966 Text of articles accepted by the Working Group     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex II - WG/L.9 1966 Text of articles accepted by the Working Group     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex II - WP.1 1966 USA: Amendment     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex II - WP.2 1966 USSR: Amendment     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex II - WP.5 1966 Brazil: Amendment     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex II - WP.6 1966 USA: Amendment     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex II - WP.7 1966 UAR: Proposal     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex II - WP.9 1966 USSR: Amendment     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex II - WP.18 1966 USA: Amendment     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex II - WP.20 1966 USSR: Amendment     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex II - WP.23 1966 USSR: Proposal     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex II - WP.24 1966 USSR: Proposal     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex II - WP.24/ Corr.1 1966 USSR: Proposal     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex III - WP.3 1966 USA: Amendment     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex III - WP.4 1966 USSR: Proposal     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex III - WP.6/ Rev. 1 1966 USA: Amendment     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex III - WP.7/ Corr.1 1966 UAR: Proposal     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex III - WP.8 1966 UAR: Proposal     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex III - WP.9/ Corr.1(E) 1966 USSR: Amendment     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex III - WP.17 1966 United Kingdom:Proposal     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex III - WP.19 1966 UAR: Proposal     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex III - WP.21 1966 India: Amendment     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex III - WP.22 1966 India: Amendment     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex III - WP.23/ Corr.1 1966 USSR: Proposal     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex III - WP.25 1966 Australia: Proposal     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex III - WP.26 1966 Italy: Proposal     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex III - WP.27 1966 Italy: Proposal     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex III - WP.28 1966 Japan: Amendment     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex IV - WP.29 1966 USSR: Revision     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex IV - WP.30 1966 USSR: Proposal     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex IV - WP.31 1966 UAR: Amendment     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex IV - WP.32 1966 USSR: Proposal     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/35 Annex IV - WP.33 1966 UAR: Amendment     PDF-E      
 
Series: A/***
A/5785 1964 Report of COPUOS     PDF-E      
A/6042 1965 COPUOS Report - 7th Session     PDF-E      
A/6212 1965 FCGA Report - 20th Session     PDF-E      
A/6327 1966 Letter dated 9 May 1966 from the permanent Representative of the USA to the UN Addressed to the Secretary-General     PDF-E      
A/6341 1966 USSR: Request for the Inclusion of an item in the provisional agenda of the twenty-first session     PDF-E      
A/6352 1966 Letter dated 16 June 1966 by USSR     PDF-E      
A/6352/Rev.1 1966 Letter dated 4 Oct. 1966 from the representative of the USSR to the Secretary-General     PDF-E      
A/6392 1966 USA: Request for the Inclusion of an item in the provisional agenda of the twenty-first session     PDF-E      
A/6431 1966 COPUOS Report - 8th Session     PDF-E      
A/6621 1966 FCGA Report - 21st Session     PDF-E      
 
Series: A/C.1/***
A/C.1/941 1966 Letter dated 9 Dec. 1966 from the Chargé d'Affaires, a.i. of the Mission of the Republic of Liberia to the UN addressed to the Secretary-General of the UN     PDF-E      
 
Series: A/C.1/L.***
A/C.1/L.363/Rev.1 1965 Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Sweden, United Kingdom, USA: Revised Draft Resolution     PDF-E      
A/C.1/L.396 1966 International Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space: Report of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space     PDF-E      
A/C.1/L.396/Add.1 1966 International Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space: Report of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space     PDF-E      
A/C.1/L.396/Add.2 1966 International Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space: Report of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space     PDF-E      
 
Series: A/RES/***
A/RES/1963 (XVIII) 1963 International Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space     PDF-E      
GA/RES 2222 (XXI) 1966 Resolution adopted by the General Assembly as its 1499th plenary meeting     PDF-E      
 
Official Records of Meetings
Series: A/AC.105/C.2/SR.***
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.29 1964 LSC Summary Records - Second part of 3rd Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.30 1964 LSC Summary Records - Second part of 3rd Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.31 1964 LSC Summary Records - Second part of 3rd Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.37 1964 LSC Summary Records - Second part of 3rd Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.38 1964 LSC Summary Records - Second part of 3rd Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.57 1966 LSC Summary Records - 5th Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.58 1966 LSC Summary Records - 5th Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.59 1966 LSC Summary Records - 5th Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.60 1966 LSC Summary Records - 5th Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.61 1966 LSC Summary Records - 5th Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.62 1966 LSC Summary Records - 5th Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.63 1966 LSC Summary Records - 5th Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.64 1966 LSC Summary Records - 5th Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.65 1966 LSC Summary Records - 5th Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.66 1966 LSC Summary Records - 5th Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.67 1966 LSC Summary Records - 5th Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.68 1966 LSC Summary Records - 5th Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.69 1966 LSC Summary Records - 5th Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.70 1966 LSC Summary Records - 5th Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.71 and Add.1 1966 LSC Summary Records - 5th Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.72 1966 LSC Summary Records - 5th Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/C.2/SR.73 1966 LSC Summary Records - 5th Session     PDF-E      
 
Series: A/AC.105/PV.***
A/AC.105/PV.26 1964 COPUOS Verbatim Records     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/PV.27 1964 COPUOS Verbatim Records     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/PV.28 1964 COPUOS Verbatim Records     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/PV.29 1964 COPUOS Verbatim Records - 6th Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/PV.30 1964 COPUOS Verbatim Records     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/PV.37 1966 COPUOS Verbatim Records - 7th Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/PV.38 1966 COPUOS Verbatim Records - 7th Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/PV.39 1966 COPUOS Verbatim Records - 7th Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/PV.40 1966 COPUOS Verbatim Records - 7th Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/PV.44 1966 COPUOS Verbatim Records - 8th Session     PDF-E      
A/AC.105/PV.45 1966 COPUOS Verbatim Records - 8th Session     PDF-E      
 
Series: A/C.1/PV.*** & A/C.1/SR.***
A/C.1/SR.1421 1965 FCGA Verbatim Records - 20th Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/SR.1422 1965 FCGA Verbatim Records - 20th Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/PV.1491 1966 FCGA Verbatim Records - 21st Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/PV.1492 1966 FCGA Verbatim Records - 21st Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/PV.1493 1966 FCGA Verbatim Records - 21st Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/SR.1491 1966 FCGA Verbatim Records - 21st Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/SR.1492 1966 FCGA Verbatim Records - 21st Session     PDF-E      
A/C.1/SR.1493 1966 FCGA Verbatim Records - 21st Session     PDF-E      
 
Series: A/PV.***
A/PV.1412 1966 FCGA Verbatim Records - 21st Session     PDF-E      
A/PV.1413 1966 FCGA Verbatim Records - 21st Session     PDF-E      
A/PV.1430 1966 FCGA Verbatim Records - 21st Session     PDF-E      
A/PV.1499 1966 GA Verbatim Records - 21st Session     PDF-E      
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