15 June 2009. Amb. Ciro Arévalo Yepes, Chairman of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) provides in this issue of “ESPI Perspectives” an outline for a UN Space Policy.
Amb. Arévalo Yepes writes in the introduction to this issue: “The United Nations are in need for a proper space policy of their own. It has to reflect the changing international space environment and cover issues related to the use of space applications inside the UN System as well as the role of the UN as a driver for international and regional cooperation and as the forum to shape a modern regulatory framework for space activities. I have presented this initiative at the 2009 session of UNCOPUOS, which took place from 2 to 12 June 2009 in Vienna (UN Doc. A/AC.105/2009/CRP.12 of 3 June 2009). The initial response by delegations and the first discussions were encouraging and I hope that through the dissemination of my text as this issue of “ESPI Perspectives”, the ideas for a UN Space Policy will receive an even broader attention.”