UN Committee on the
Peaceful Uses of Outer Space
The United Nations Committee for the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) is a United Nations agency with the mandate of promoting peaceful international cooperation in the usage and exploration of outer space, and sustainable use of space technology.
Topic 1: Militarization of outer space
Outer space – the final frontier for human exploration. The Outer Space Treaty of 1967 laid the foundation for international space law based upon the peaceful usage of outer space, but it does not ban military activities in space. In recent years, as satellites become increasingly essential to the facilitation of modern-day life, the military aspects of countries’ outer space capabilities have risen in priority as well. Most worryingly, the recent establishment of the United States Space Force in 2019 as an independent military service of the US Armed Forces marks the biggest step towards the militarisation of space, and could spark an arms race in fear the ramifications of one country having military superiority over such a vital region like outer space. Delegates will discuss how to regulate any militarization of space or potentially curb it instead.
Topic 2: Space debris and waste management