United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

United Nations Treaties and Principles on Outer Space: Travaux Préparatoires

Overview:

The present web pages contain a collection of official records of negotiations for the United Nations Treaties and Principles on Outer Space.

Each Treaty and set of principles has an individual web page containing a collection of corresponding documentation. The documentation is organized by series symbol, and within each series, it is listed chronologically.

In addition, for each Treaty and set of principles, a spreadsheet version of the list of sources is available at the top of the page, enabling the user to sort the documents by date or by document symbol.

The collections consist of various types of documents that bear different symbols:

Symbol Description
 
A/- General Assembly Documents
A/RES/- General Assembly Resolutions
A/C.1/- Documents of the First Committee (General Assembly)
A/SPC/- Documents of the Special Political Committee (General Assembly)
A/C.5/- Documents of the Fifth Committee (General Assembly)
A/AC.105/- Documents of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space
A/AC.105/C.2/- Documents of the Legal Subcommittee
-/L. ... Limited Distribution
-/CRP. ... Conference Room Papers
-/WP.... Working Papers
-/SR. ... Summary Records
-/PV. ... Verbal Transcripts

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 Treaty or set of principles 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 August 2012, 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;
  • Agreement Governing the Activities of States on the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies; and the
  • Declaration of Legal Principles Governing the Activities of States on the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies.

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.

Treaties

Principles

  • Declaration of Legal Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space
  • Principles Governing the Use by States of Artificial Earth Satellites for International Direct Television Broadcasting
  • Principles Relating to Remote Sensing of the Earth from Outer Space
  • Principles Relevant to the Use of Nuclear Power Sources in Outer Space
  • Declaration on International Cooperation in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space for the Benefit and in the Interests of All States, Taking into Particular Account the Needs of Developing Countries

The present web pages contain the travaux préparatoires (preparatory work) for the United Nations Treaties and Principles on Outer Space. The collection of documentation represents the official record of negotiations of the United Nations Treaties and Principles on Outer Space. As resolutions relevant to the international cooperation in outer space, adopted by the General Assembly, constitute an important part of the corresponding legal regime, documents related to the drafting history of some of them were also compiled and posted here. In realizing this collection, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs is making these documents available to the public online for the first time.

 

Each legal instrument has an individual web page containing corresponding travaux préparatoires. The documents constituting travaux préparatoires are organized by series symbol, and within the series, they are listed chronologically. In addition, for each legal instrument, a spreadsheet version of the list of sources is available at the top of the page, enabling the user to sort the documents by date or by document symbol.

 

Many documents are reproduced in the reports of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and its Legal Subcommittee on its sessions. 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.

 

The collections consist of various types of documents - reports of the Committee and the Legal Subcommittee, resolutions of the General Assembly, verbatim transcripts, summary records of sessions, etc. These documents bear different symbol numbers. For the explanation of the United Nations documentation please visit the following web page (insert the hyperlink: http://www.un.org/Depts/dhl/resguide/symbol.htm#symbols).

 

Some documents are not yet available on the website. In this case, the hyperlink to the PDF will not be active.

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