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Peaceful Uses of Outer Space

On October 25, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, gave an intervention during the Fourth Committee deliberations of the Seventy-third Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Agenda Item 53, dedicated to “International cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space.”  

In his statement, Archbishop Auza said that over the last sixty years, while some have made use of outer space for military purposes, outer space has been used mostly for peaceful activities like meteorological observation, communications, navigation and scientific exploration. International cooperation is needed to keep outer space universally beneficial and said that the International Space Station is a model of such cooperation. He urged the development of “rules of the road” to prevent new space vehicles, including “Cubesats” from colliding with previous ones as well as for the eventual safe and responsible disposal of objects once their purpose has been fulfilled.

The statement can be found here.