untreaties.png 7 January 2008. The UN General Assembly adopted a Resolution on the practice of registering space objects at its current session period. This Resolution had been prepared during the past years under the chairmanship of ESPI’s Director.

From 2005 to 2007 the Legal Subcommittee (LSC) of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) debated the issue of "Practice of States and international organizations in registering space objects". The purpose of this work plan was to enhance the adherence to the Registration Convention. States identified this as necessary since the registration practice had been rather unsatisfactory during the preceding years and new problems had arisen with the application of the Convention


Meeting of the UN Working Group under the chairmanship of ESPI’s Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl


The working group was chaired in 2005 by Niklas Hedman from Sweden, who left this position, when he moved to the UN Office for Outer Space, becoming the Secretary of the Working Group. In the years 2006 and 2007, ESPI’s Director, Kai-Uwe Schrogl, chaired the sessions of the working group, which comprised all 67 Member States of the Committee.


The working group dealt with the subject under a multi-year work plan. In 2004, States and international organizations reported on their practice of registering space objects. In 2005, the Working Group started its work with the examination of these reports and turned in 2006 to the identification of common practices and began to draft recommendations for enhancing the adherence to the Registration Convention. In 2007 the work of the Working Group was finalized and a Draft UN General Assembly Resolution was adopted by the UNCOPUOS Main Committee containing recommendations on enhancing the adherence to the Registration Convention. This Draft Resolution was now adopted by the General Assembly as UN General Assembly Resolution 62/101.
A more comprehensive analysis of this Resolution and its background can be found here.  

photo credits: UN, ESPI

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