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General Assembly Resolution 2600 (XXIV)


2600 (XXIV). International co-operation in the peaceful uses of outer space

The General Assembly,

Recalling its resolution 2453 (XXIII) of 20 December 1968,

Bearing in mind the report of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space,1 especially the recommendations of the Scientific and Technical Sub-Committee at its sixth session with respect to the promotion of the applications of space technology,2

Recalling Economic and Social Council resolution 1426 (XLVI) of 6 June 1969, in which the Council, inter alia, expressed its conviction that international co-operation through the United Nations should continue to play an important role in assisting the efforts of Governments in the fields of investigation and utilization of non-agricultural natural resources.

Aware of the urgent need for a more complete understanding of man�s environment,

Recognizing that space technology may make a significant contribution to this understanding,

Expressing the desire that earth resources survey programmes be available to produce information for the world community as a whole,

Wishing to encourage the study of earth resources survey programmes, including those related to remote-sensing techniques, and participation to the extent feasible and practicable in their development,

1.    Invites Member States with experience in the field of remote earth resources surveying to make such experience available to other Member States which do not have such experience and encourage them to become familiar with this field;

2.    Invites Member States to join in exploring the various aspects involved in the analysis of data obtained through earth resources surveying techniques, their dissemination and application, so as to maximize the benefits to be obtained therefrom, taking into account the particular interests and needs of developing countries;

3.    Invites the Secretary-General to bring the present resolution to the attention of all organizations within the United Nations system whose objectives or programmes might be furthered by this developing technology;

4.    Requests the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space to continue its studies with regard to the possibilities of further international co-operation, in particular in the framework of the United Nations system, in connexion with the development and use of remote earth resources surveying techniques so as to assure that as the practical benefits of this new technology are achieved, they are made available to both developed and developing countries.

1836th plenary meeting,
16 December 1969




1.   Official Records of the General Assembly, Twenty-fourth Session, Supplement No. 21 (A/7621), and Supplement No. 21A (A/7621/Add.1).



2.   Ibid., Supplement No. 21 (A/7621), annex II, section B.




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