Compendium on mechanisms adopted in relation to non-legally binding United Nations instruments on outer space

The Compendium on mechanisms adopted by States and international organizations in relation to non-legally binding United Nations instruments on outer space has been developed in reference to the agenda item of the Legal Subcommittee on General exchange of information on non-legally binding United Nations instruments on outer space.

The aim of the Compendium is to inform States of the current instruments and measures that have been implemented by States members of the Committee as well as international intergovernmental organizations having permanent observer status with the Committee.

The initial Questionnaire for the Compendium was made available to the Legal Subcommittee at its 54 th session in 2015 under agenda item 11 of the provisional agenda of the session ( A/AC.105/C.2/L.295) as a conference room paper A/AC.105/C.2/2015/CRP.24/Rev.1. At that session, the Subcommittee encouraged States members of the Committee, as well as international intergovernmental organizations having permanent observer status with the Committee, to respond, on a voluntary basis and as appropriate, to the Questionnaire and to submit their responses to the delegation of Japan, which was invited to prepare a compilation of responses to be submitted to the Subcommittee during its 55 th session. ( A/AC.105/1090, para 191).

The first version of the Compendium (document A/AC.105/C.2/2016/CRP.13) has been made available by the delegation of Japan to the Subcommittee at its 55 th session in 2016 under agenda item 12 of the provisional agenda of the session ( A/AC.105/C.2/L.297).

The Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space at its 59 th session supported the view of the Legal Subcommittee, in that the Compendium was a valuable document that had facilitated the exchange of views and the sharing of information on the implementation of non-legally binding United Nations instruments.

The Committee endorsed the request by the Legal Subcommittee that the Secretariat make the Compendium available on a dedicated page of the website of the Office for Outer Space Affairs and invite States members of the Committee and international intergovernmental organizations having permanent observer status with the Committee to submit their responses to the Secretariat for inclusion in the Compendium ( A/71/20, para.199).

In accordance with the recommendation of the Legal Subcommittee, States members of the Committee and international organizations are invited to submit their responses to the Secretariat for inclusion into the compendium on mechanisms adopted in relation to non-legally binding United Nations instruments on outer space ( A/AC.105/1113, para.194) .

Updates to the compendium were distributed as conference room paper:

A/AC.105/C.2/2017/CRP.21 at the fifty-sixth session of the Legal Subcommittee, 27 March - 7 April 2017

Compendium

Updated questionnaire

Updated questionnaire for States (1) and Organizations (2)

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