Chair, Excellency, Distinguished Delegates,
The universe has a common goal of uniting us all,: we are proud of our collective achievements through COPUOS in advancing the exploration of the peaceful use of outer space:.
The United Kingdom believes that while we are here to talk about the peaceful use of space, we can not and should not ignore the violations of international law when they occur on Earth.
Russia’s attack on Ukraine is an unprovoked, deliberate attack on a sovereign democratic state. Great Britain և Our international partners are united in condemning the actions of the Russian government, which are gross violations of international law, including the UN Charter.
We call on Russia to immediately de-escalate and withdraw its troops. It must be held accountable; cease to undermine democracy, global stability; international law.
Russia’s actions in recent weeks have shown that it is not “peaceful”, that it no longer enjoys the respect and support of its Eurasian counterparts. We can not ignore Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.
In September 2021, the UK released its own National Space Strategy. This first national space strategy brings together the UK’s strengths in science և technology, defense, regulation և diplomacy to pursue a bold national vision.
The Strategy underscores the United Kingdom ‘s commitment to work with industry և internationally to ensure the safest and most efficient regulation of space activities.
We attach great importance to the long-term stability of the external space environment. The UK was pleased to fund its ongoing work with UNOOSA, which included the publication of LTS guidelines in all six official UN languages and the convening of international expert events. For the second phase of the project, UNOOSA conducted 42 interviews with COPUOS member international intergovernmental organizations to identify implementation challenges. We are delighted that the report, which highlights the main topics covered in these interviews, has now been published on the UNOOSA website. We would like to thank the UNOOSA team for their hard work in gathering such an information resource.
We would also like to emphasize that the United Kingdom և UNOOSA will hold a side event on Thursday, June 9, from 10 am to 11 pm Vienna time, to discuss the implementation of the guidelines.
We must also consider the impact that our actions in space have on the Earth.
As for our launch ambitions, the United Kingdom has taken significant steps to balance the mitigation of potential adverse environmental impacts of spaceflight operations by stepping up commercial spaceflight in both our local and global global environmental monitoring efforts. Potential launch operators և spacecraft must submit an Environmental Impact Assessment (EAP) assessment of their proposed launch operations. In addition, the UK has set environmental goals for climate change, air quality, noise and the marine environment.
The United Kingdom is pleased to chair the 26th UN Climate Change Conference last year, in partnership with Italy. We were proud to be the first large economy in the world to adopt laws that would stop our country from investing in global warming by 2050. We were pleased to host the G7 Summit in Glasgow last year, where delegates promised to take action to address the growing crisis. Danger of space debris. The UK has since partnered with companies including Astroscale, Clearspace և SSTL to develop technology to deliver the UK National Active Debris Removal Mission, a mission we are confident will change the paradigm, particularly for the population of low Earth orbit. We have also involved the service sector to embrace how sustainable operations attract investment, insurance services, and we are pleased to see the positive impact of operating under a responsible regulatory regime on the involvement of these vital services in industry.
We look forward to hosting the Secure World Foundation Space Sustainability Summit on June 22-23 at the Science Museum in London. This summit will demonstrate the global drive to provide a sustainable space environment for future generations. The summit will bring together key players from around the world who can work together to take action to protect the future of the space environment, such as orbital power, space travel control, space debris reduction, and moon management. .
The UK believes that space has a significant contribution to make to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To support the implementation of the SDGs, the UK Space Agency’s award-winning International Partnership initiative has used the UK’s space sector data and data services capabilities to develop space projects in collaboration with developing countries. Through a portfolio of 43 grant programs from Africa, Asia-Pacific 47 47 Latin American countries, it has developed more than 30 innovative space solutions to meet development challenges such as climate, disaster resilience, food security, maritime security, health և education. և Created a potential new space partnership between the UK and other “international organizations”.
The UK wants to highlight some of its major space projects announced this year.
The British engineering company Rolls-Royce is developing a unique, safe, autonomous nuclear micro-reactor for use in space. This technology will ensure the safe production of water, breathing oxygen, rocket fuel for human lunar and Martian reconnaissance missions, and is equally suitable for use on Earth.
In addition, the UK MDA is developing a 3D map of spacecraft landing on the Moon, as well as spacecraft և port’s low Earth orbit ոստ geostationary orbit.
The UK is also proud to have contributed to the continued success of the James Webb Telescope with its mid-range infrared instrument, which reached operating temperature in April.
Finally, Chairman, Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, We look forward to a productive session. You have the full support of the United Kingdom for the further development of space exploration, peacekeeping cooperation and dialogue.
United Kingdom General Statement to the United Nations Committee on the Peace of Space (COPUOS)
SourceUnited Kingdom General Statement to the United Nations Committee on the Peace of Space (COPUOS)