The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is the United Nations office responsible for promoting international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space. UNOOSA serves as the secretariat for the General Assembly's only committee dealing exclusively with international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space: the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS).
UNOOSA is also responsible for implementing the Secretary-General's responsibilities under international space law and maintaining the United Nations Register of Objects Launched into Outer Space.
Through the United Nations Programme on Space Applications, UNOOSA conducts international workshops, training courses and pilot projects on topics that include remote sensing, satellite navigation, satellite meteorology, tele-education and basic space sciences for the benefit of developing nations. It also maintains a 24-hour hotline as the United Nations focal point for satellite imagery requests during disasters and manages the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER).
UNOOSA is the current secretariat of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG).
UNOOSA also prepares and distributes reports, studies and publications on various fields of space science and technology applications and international space law. Documents and reports are available in all official languages of the United Nations through this website.
UNOOSA is located at the United Nations Office at Vienna, Austria.
13 November 2013
International Space Law
Schematic Overview of National Regulatory Frameworks for Space Activities
Schematic (available in English only in MSWord & PDF format)
8 November 2013
Space Against Youth Unemployment, 11 November 2013
Conference organised by the European Space Policy Institute
2 September 2013
Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space: 2013
Report of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space
A/68/20 (available in all official languages of the United Nations in PDF format)
COPUOS 2013 session page
Global Development Agenda
United Nations Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform (external link)
Post-2015 Development Agenda website (external link)