14 February 2011. ESPI moderated an event held by the European External Action Service (EEAS) presenting the draft Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities to the delegations of the Scientific Technical Subcommittee of UNCOPUOS-STSC.
Annalisa Giannella, Director for Non-proliferation and Disarmament of the new European External Action Service (EEAS), introduced the EU initiative on a draft Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities (COC) in a side-event to the delegations to the Scientific Technical Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS-STSC) during its current session.
The event, moderated by Jana Robinson, ESPI Resident Fellow, included three presentations and was followed by questions from the delegations to the UNCOPUOS-STSC. Jana Robinson first introduced ESPI’s work on transparency and confidence-building measures (TCBMs) for space security (presentation available here). Annalisa Giannella then provided an overview of the draft Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities, designed to enhance the safety, security, and predictability of outer space activities. Later, Jean-François Mayence, Head of Legal Unit for International Relations at the Belgian Federal Office for Science Policy provided a more in-depth assessment of the COC.
From left: Jana Robinson, Annalisa Giannella, Jean-François Mayence
During the event
EEAS took the opportunity of UNCOPUOS-STSC to address numerous countries and provide background information to this major European diplomatic initiative in space policy. Similar events and further bilateral consultations are expected to take place in near future.