17 May 2013. ESPI delivered an introductory presentation on cooperation mechanisms at the Open-Ended Consultations on the Proposal for an International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities in Kiev, Ukraine.
ESPI’s Resident Fellow Jana Robinson introduced one of seven sessions at the Open-Ended Consultations on the Proposal for an International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities, organized by the European External Action Service (EEAS), with the support of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), in Kiev, Ukraine, on 16-17 May 2013. The topic of her session was cooperation mechanisms envisioned by the proposed International Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct is an EU global initiative designed to advance space safety and security focusing on responsible and predictable behaviour in space. Cooperation mechanisms, including those introduced in the draft document, represent important transparency and confidence-building measures (TCBMs) and are seen as practical tools that can advance these goals and their implementation.
Other sessions focused on: mitigation of space debris; avoidance of collisions and accidents in space; consideration for the legitimate defence interests of states; purpose, scope and general principles; relationship to other instruments and initiatives; and the next steps. A side event, organized by UNIDIR, took place on the first day of the consultations addressing implications of space security-related decisions for commercial actors; the strategic nature of space security in national defence; and understanding “soft law” in the context of future management of space activities.
Some 120 participants from 60 countries attended the consultations, providing their comments and suggestions on the proposal. A new round of open-ended consultations is currently envisioned for the fall 2013.