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The Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space

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Chairperson

Somneel Saha
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Director

Devashish Mehta
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Rapporteur

Paras Nigam

About

Agenda: Economic and Political Exploitation of Space with special emphasis on the Outer Space Treaty

The Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) was set up by the General Assembly in 1959 to govern the exploration and use of space for the benefit of all humanity: for peace, security and development. The Committee was tasked with reviewing international cooperation in peaceful uses of outer space, studying space-related activities that could be undertaken by the United Nations, encouraging space research programmes, and studying legal problems arising from the exploration of outer space. 

The Committee was instrumental in the creation of the five treaties and five principles of outer space. International cooperation in space exploration and the use of space technology applications to meet global development goals are discussed in the Committee every year. Owing to rapid advances in space technology, the space agenda is constantly evolving.  

This is the first time AMUN is doing a space based committee, its an exciting topic that will be extremely relevant in the future, especially with countries like Russia and USA making their claims in space 

The Committee therefore provides a unique platform at the global level to monitor and discuss these developments. 

However, due to recent developments such as the US Commercial Space Launch Act and the rapid militarisation of space by countries such as China, Russia and the United States, updating of the space laws is required with especial emphasis on the Outer Space Treaty.