Recalling its resolution 1721 B (XVI) of 20 December 1961, in which it expressed the belief that the United Nations should provide a focal point for international co-operation in the peaceful exploration and use of outer space,
Believing that the benefits of space exploration can be extended to States at all stages of economic and scientific development only if Member States conduct their space programmes in a manner designed to promote the maximum international co-operation and engage in the widest possible exchange of information in this field,
1. Endorses the recommendations contained in the report of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space concerning exchange of information, encouragement of international programmes, international sounding rocket launching facilities, and education and training;
2. Welcomes the intention of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space to increase the usefulness of its activities in the exchange of information on outer space matters by preparing expanded reports annually on a specific date;
3. Notes with appreciation that a number of Member States have assisted the information programme of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space by providing ample descriptive material on their national space programmes, and urges all Member States to provide this information to the greatest extent feasible and practicable;
4. Welcomes the decision of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space to establish a working group to consider the need, feasibility and implementation of a navigation services satellite system;
5. Reiterates its request, contained in section III, paragraph 1, of resolution 2130 (XX), to the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space to continue, in co-operation with the Secretary-General and making use of the available resources of the Secretariat and in consultation with the specialized agencies and in co-operation with the Committee on Space Research, the preparation and consideration of suggestions for programmes of education and training of specialists in the peaceful uses of outer space to assist the developing countries;
7. Endorses the guidelines adopted by the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space to be applied where international support or sponsorship is requested for training or specialists of Member States in the specialized field of space science and technology;
8. Urges that space activities be carried out in such a manner that States may share in the adventure and the practical benefits of space exploration regardless of the stage of their economic or scientific development;
10. Notes with appreciation that certain Member States have continued to contribute to the objectives of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, as laid down in its reports, by establishing and strengthening educational and training programmes, and urges others to take the same action;
11. Recommends that those responsible for the development of the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station, and in particular the Member States associated with the construction and operation of the facility, the United Nations Development Programme and the specialized agencies concerned, should extend all the assistance necessary to continue the development of that station;
12. Notes also with appreciation that, in accordance with General Assembly resolution 1721 B (XVI), the Secretary-General continues to maintain a public registry of objects launched into orbit or beyond on the basis of information being furnished by Member States;
13. Suggests that the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space examine means to increase its usefulness as a centre of information for Member States, particularly the developing countries and those with small space programmes;
14. Notes with appreciation the progress reports submitted by the World Meteorological Organization2 and the International Telecommunication Union3 on their activities in the field of outer space and invites these organizations to make progress reports to the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in 1967;
15. Requests the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space to continue its work as set forth in the present resolution and in previous General Assembly resolutions and to report to the Assembly at its twenty-second session.
1499th plenary meeting,
19 December 1966
2. Transmitted under the symbol A/AC.105/L.31.
3. Transmitted under the symbol A/AC.105/L.24.