Further to the Information Circular Ref. OOSA/2020/11 - CU 2020/150 dated 30 April 2020 on Cancellation of the regular holding of the sixty-third session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and proposed alternative arrangements, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, in its capacity as Secretariat of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and its Subcommittees, has the pleasure to invite States members of the Committee to a virtual informal briefing that will take place on Wednesday, 3 June 2020, 11:00-12:00. Permanent Missions may wish to forward this invitation to their Capitals.
The link for joining the Briefing is contained the the Information Circular from the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) addressed to Permanent Missions of States members of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, Reference: OOSA/2020/13 - CU 2020/194 of 27 May 2020.
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This is to inform that after careful consideration and consultations, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, in its capacity as Secretariat of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and its Subcommittees, has decided to cancel the two-weeks session of the Legal Subcommittee.
The Subcommittee was scheduled to hold its 59th session at Vienna from 23 March to 3 April 2020. This session as scheduled is cancelled. A corresponding note will be sent to Permanent Missions of States members of the Committee and to permanent observer organizations, as soon as possible.
The Secretariat highly regrets this decision of cancellation. Information on the developments of COVID-19, as well as the well-being of members of delegations and of staff members, were taken into due consideration. It was the only responsible action in an emergency situation where we don't know the COVID-19 status in the coming period.
The Secretariat is looking into the possible holding of a 1-day meeting constituting an extraordinary measure only to consider administrative matters of the Legal Subcommittee. Information in that regard will be communicated to Permanent Missions of States members of the Committee.
UNOOSA COVID-19 Outbreak Coordinator has been instituted to monitoring the situation continuously, including relevant situation reports and recommendations of the Organization and of the Host Country.