UNOOSA: Italy reaffirms support to treaties on outer space

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VIENNA, MAY 31 – On the margins of the Legal Sub-Committee of the Un COPUOS, Ambassador Alessandro Cortese, Permanent Representative of Italy to the International Organizations in Vienna, chaired the consultations on ‘Space2030 Agenda’, a forward-looking strategy for strengthening the contribution of space activities to global agendas, in particular the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Legal Sub-Committee of COPUOS is the principal UN body for promoting international legal regime governing outer space activities. Faced with impressive developments of space activities, Italy reaffirms its commitment to the legal regime rooted in the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, said Cortese addressing the Sub-Commiteee on the first day of the 2021 session.

“Italy values the Legal Sub-Committee as the pivotal United Nations body for promoting and strengthening the international legal regime governing outer space activities. We recognize the invaluable role played by the existing international treaties on outer space, especially the 1967 Outer Space Treaty. The treaties consolidated a legal regime aimed at fostering the use of outer space and strengthening international cooperation in outer space activities. Under such regime, exploration and use of outer space have flourished. At the same time, we recognize that the impressive developments in space activities and the diversification of the actors involved have brought to the fore new legal challenges”, said the Italian Ambassador.

This is the 60th Session of the Legal Sub-Committee. The Session will conclude on June 11. (@OnuItalia)