United Nations

A/RES/37/89


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

10 December 1982

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                                                A/RES/37/89
                                                10 December 1982
 
            International co-operation in the peaceful uses of outer space
 
     The General Assembly,
 
     Recalling its resolution 36/35 of 18 November 1981,
 
     Bearing in mind the fact that twenty-five years have passed since the
beginning of international co-operation in the peaceful uses of outer space in
the United Nations,
 
     Deeply convinced of the common interest of mankind in promoting the
exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes and in continuing
efforts to extend to all States the benefits derived therefrom, and of the
importance of international co-operation in this field, for which the United
Nations should continue to provide a focal point,
 
     Reaffirming the importance of international co-operation in developing
the rule of law for the advancement and preservation of the exploration and
peaceful uses of outer space,
 
     Taking note with satisfaction of the progress achieved in the further
development of peaceful space exploration and application as well as in
various national and co-operative space projects, which contribute to
international co-operation in this field,
 
     Having considered the report of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of
Outer Space on the work of its twenty-fifth session,
 
     1.   Endorses the report of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer
Space;
 
     2.   Invites States that have not yet become parties to the international
treaties governing the use of outer space to give consideration to
ratifying or acceding to those treaties;
 
     3.   Takes note with appreciation of the successful conclusion of the
Second United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer
Space, held at Vienna from 9 to 21 August 1982;
 
     4.   Notes that the Legal Sub-Committee of the Committee on the Peaceful
Uses of Outer Space at its twenty-first session:
 
     (a)  Continued its efforts to formulate draft principles relating to the
legal implications of remote sensing of the earth from space;
 
     (b)  Considered the possibility of supplementing the norms of
international law relevant to the use of nuclear power sources in outer space
through its working group;
 
     (c)  Continued its discussion of matters relating to the definition
and/or delimitation of outer space and outer space activities, bearing in
mind, inter alia, questions relating to the geostationary orbit;
 
     5.   Decides that the Legal Sub-Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer
Space at its twenty-second session should:
 
     (a)  Continue on a priority basis its detailed consideration of the legal
implications of remote sensing of the earth from space, with the aim of
formulating draft principles relating to remote sensing;
 
     (b)  Continue its consideration of:
 
     (i)  The possibility of supplementing the norms of international law
          relevant to the use of nuclear power sources in outer space through
          its working group;
 
    (ii)  Matters relating to the definition and/or delimitation of outer
          space and outer space activities, bearing in mind, inter alia,
          questions relating to the geostationary orbit, and devote adequate
          time for a deeper consideration of this question;
 
     6.   Notes that the Scientific and Technical Sub-Committee of the
Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space at its nineteenth session
continued:
 
     (a)  Its consideration of questions relating to remote sensing of the
earth by satellites;
 
     (b)  Its consideration of the United Nations Programme on Space
Applications and the co-ordination of space activities within the United
Nations system;
 
     (c)  Its examination of the physical nature and technical attributes of
the geostationary orbit;
 
     (d)  Its consideration of technical aspects of and safety measures
relating to the use of nuclear power sources in outer space;
 
     (e)  Its consideration of questions relating to space transportation
systems and their implications for future activities in space;
 
     (f)  Preparations for the Second United Nations Conference on the
Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in its capacity as Advisory
Committee to the Preparatory Committee;
 
     7.   Endorses the recommendation of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of
Outer Space that the Scientific and Technical Sub-Committee at its twentieth
session should:
 
     (a)  Consider the following items on a priority basis:
 
     (i)  Consideration of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications
          and the co-ordination of outer space activities within the United
          Nations system;
 
    (ii)  Questions relating to remote sensing of the earth by satellites;
 
   (iii)  Use of nuclear power sources in outer space;
 
     (b)  Consider the following items:
 
     (i)  Questions relating to space transportation systems and their
          implications for future activities in space;
 
    (ii)  Examination of the physical nature and technical attributes of the
          geostationary orbit;
 
     8.   Endorses the United Nations Programme on Space Applications for
1983, as proposed to the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space by the
Expert on Space Applications, and the recommendations by the Second United
Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space
relating to the Programme;
 
     9.   Requests the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, with the
benefit of possible advice of both its Sub-Committees in their next sessions,
to consider the implementation of the recommendations of the Second United
Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, in
particular the order of priorities and the carrying out of the studies
recommended by the Conference;
 
     10.  Expresses its appreciation to all Governments as well as specialized
agencies and other international organizations which acted as hosts to,
offered fellowships for, or otherwise assisted in the holding of,
international training seminars and workshops on space applications,
particularly for the benefit of developing countries;
 
     11.  Requests the specialized agencies and other international
organizations to continue and, where appropriate, enhance their co-operation
with the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and to provide it with
progress reports on their work relating to the peaceful uses of outer space;
 
     12.  Requests the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space to
continue its work, in accordance with the present resolution and previous
resolutions of the General Assembly, to consider, as appropriate, new projects
in outer space activities and to submit a report to the Assembly at its
thirty-eighth session, including its views on which subjects should be studied
in the future.