United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

UNOOSA: Bringing the benefits of space to humankind

 

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is the United Nations office responsible for promoting international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space. UNOOSA serves as the secretariat for the General Assembly's only committee dealing exclusively with international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space: the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). 

UNOOSA is also responsible for implementing the Secretary-General's responsibilities under international space law and maintaining the United Nations Register of Objects Launched into Outer Space.

Through the United Nations Programme on Space Applications, UNOOSA conducts international workshops, training courses and pilot projects on topics that include remote sensing, satellite navigation, satellite meteorology, tele-education and basic space sciences for the benefit of developing nations. It also maintains a 24-hour hotline as the United Nations focal point for satellite imagery requests during disasters and manages the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER).

UNOOSA is the current secretariat of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG).

UNOOSA also prepares and distributes reports, studies and publications on various fields of space science and technology applications and international space law. Documents and reports are available in all official languages of the United Nations through this website.

UNOOSA is located at the United Nations Office at Vienna, Austria.

What's New 

18 December 2014
General Assembly Resolutions Relating to Outer Space
A/RES/69/85: International cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space
General Assembly Resolutions (available in all official languages of the United Nations)

2 December 2014
UNOOSA Internship Opportunities: UN-SPIDER
Remote Sensing and Disaster Management Internships at Duty Station Beijing, China
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27 November 2014
Long-term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities
Updated set of draft guidelines for the long-term sustainability of outer space activities
A/AC.105/C.1/L.340 (available in all languages of the United Nations)

11 November 2014 
Committee & Subcommittee Meetings 2015

Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space: Fifty-eighth session (10-19 June 2015)
Scientific and Technical Subcommittee: Fifty-second session (2-13 February 2015)
Legal Subcommittee, Fifty-fourth session (13-24 April 2015)

9 September 2014
Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space: 2014
Report of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space 
A/69/20 (available in all languages of the United Nations)
COPUOS 2014 session web-page

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Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space: 2015 Meetings

  • Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space: Fifty-eighth session (10-19 June 2015)
  • Scientific and Technical Subcommittee: Fifty-second session (2-13 February 2015)
  • Legal Subcommittee, Fifty-fourth session (13-24 April 2015)

Programme on Space Applications

International Space Law

Special Events

Global Development Agenda Web Resources

21 March 2012

Legal Subcommittee: 2012
Daily Journals: No.4 of 21 March 2012 (available in English and French only)
Daily Journal No.4

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