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un office for outer space affairs


General Assembly: United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

Note: This committee is a dual-delegate committee.

Background guide available now. SBIMUN XIV will not be collecting position papers from delegates.

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) was created in 1958 to assist the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), as a way to oversee the birth of space exploration during the 1950-1960s. Since then, space exploration has advanced through great bounds, from building the first International Space Station to sending the first humans to the moon. And as space travel continues to advance and humanity’s goals to expand to reach Mars, and possibly even, the rest of the solar system, it has become more critical for international cooperation and transparency to be present in the various advances our countries continue to make. As a result, this committee seeks to create frameworks and agreements to emplace legal regulations for space travel, assist the development of space exploration to all, and promote transparency between nations regarding development. Additional concerns of this committee include facilitating sustainable space exploration, expanding gender and minority equality in space exploration, and championing peaceful cooperation in space affairs. From its members, this committee will expect civil discourse and innovative solutions, while fostering debate under the resolute understanding of both the extraordinary opportunities but precarious dangers that space exploration poses for humankind. 


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