Report: The United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) Briefing Book (SWF 2023)


The COPUOS Briefing Book serves as an insightful guide to understanding the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), the premier global forum for discussing humanity’s activities in space. Designed for both novice and seasoned delegates, the book offers insights into the committee’s complex structure, the subtleties of its discussions, and its unique mission to govern the behavior of nations in outer space.

COPUOS’s significance as a place for exchanging views on national space activities, developing norms for outer space conduct, and decision-making is highlighted in this guide. It aids readers in comprehending the intricate deliberations and underlying diplomatic maneuvers that shape each session of COPUOS.

While the guide leans on authoritative and academic references, it is designed for a broad audience, aiming to enhance their understanding and participation in COPUOS. It underscores the continuous growth in the committee’s membership and the evolving norms for peaceful uses of outer space. The guide is positioned as an important tool for fostering the next generation of thought leaders in COPUOS and instilling a passion for multilateralism and the preservation of space for peaceful purposes.

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