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UN adopted the Space2030 Agenda, proposed during Romanian chairpersonship of COPUOS

on 28 October 2021

Monday, 25 October 2021 the 76th General Assembly of the United Nations discussed and adopted the resolution the “Space2030” Agenda. The resolution was brought forward by the UN Committee on the Peaceful Use of Outer Space (COPUOS), chaired by Dr. Phys. Marius-Ioan Piso, president of the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA).

The current version of the Space2030 Agenda is the result of three years of negotiations in the Member States and was adopted by UN-COPUOS this year.

The resolution The “Space2030” Agenda: space as a driver of sustainable development" was discussed and adopted during the plenary meeting of Monday of the UN General Assembly.

"Peaceful exploration of outer space and its resources peacefully benefits all citizens because our society is dependent on space infrastructure for the functioning of daily life," says Marius-Ioan Piso.

"To name just a few applications of space science: space activities deliver more accurate weather forecasts, space science contributes to the protection of ecosystems, nature conservation, monitoring and mitigating urbanization effects, deforestation and desertification, the creation of natural disaster warning systems or the provision of scientific data for global warming effects management. Whether it is helping us to find our way on holiday or enabling access to the Internet in the most disadvantaged places, space technologies have a direct impact on citizens. Yet space can also be a powerful tool to advance the UN's sustainable development goals", states the president of ROSA.

The text of the resolution was the result of the work of the United Nations Committee for the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space - COPUOS), which is chaired by ROSA, Dr. Phys. Marius Ioan Piso, for the period September 2020 - July 2022.

The UN Space2030 agenda has been in development since 2018, as a central document of COPUOS's efforts to utilise the resources from outer space for life on Earth.

In addition to reaffirming the benefits of peaceful use of outer space resources, the document has four major objectives based on four central concepts: space economy, space society, access to outer space resources and space diplomacy.

In order to implement the agenda, Member States will be involved in a variety of existing or developing regional and international projects, programs, platforms, and mechanisms, including: UNISPACE + 50, UN-SPIDER, UN-affiliated regional centers for space science and technology, Space4Water, The World Space Forums, etc., or initiatives such as The Open Universe, Space for Youth, Space for women, Space law for new space actors.

Upon adoption, the UN Space2030 Agenda becomes a reference document within the United Nations, synthesizing Member States' views on the peaceful use of outer space and providing mechanisms for the use of space technologies on Earth to improve our lives. In addition, the Space2030 Agenda redefines how "space" is defined in UN structures and brings member states closer together on how to apply space science and technology to achieve the UN goals of sustainable development, as well as the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Mr. Marius-Ioan Piso stated: "It was a great privilege to chair the 64th session of UN-COPUOS at which the final text of the Space2030 Agenda was adopted."

The honorary president of the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA), Dumitru Dorin Prunariu, was one of the two vice-presidents of the Space2030 Agenda Working Group that contributed to the development of the document.

Romania joined UN-COPUOS in 1959, thus being among its founding members. Romania also holds the UN-COPUOS Presidency for the second time in a short period of time, demonstrating once again the importance of our country in the international field of space diplomacy.

More details can be found at this link.

Credit: COPUOS