Legal Subcommittee: 2020

Fifty-ninth session (23 March - 3 April 2020) POSTPONED

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Virtual Briefing for States members of the Committee: Monday, 3 August 2020, 11:00-12:30

Further to the Note Verbale with ref: OOSA/2020/16 - CU/2020/255 of 16 July 2020, transmitting proposal on way forward on meeting of the Working Group on the "Space2030" Agenda, fifty-ninth session of the Legal Subcommittee and sixty-third session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs informs that the view was received from a delegation that the 59th session of the Legal Subcommittee and the 63rd session of the Committee should currently be postponed and reconvened in its regular format and with full agenda, previously adopted by the Committee, when the COVID-19 pandemics relaxation allows the secretariat to do so. The delegation expressing that view stood ready to continue consultations upon this matter with UNOOSA as well as with all interested partners.

In the absence of consensus on a proposal to allow the Committee and its Subcommittee to continue its work, UNOOSA, in its capacity as secretariat of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and its Subcommittees and upon the request by the Chair of the Committee, is organizing an informal virtual consultation with States members of the Committee on Monday, 3 August 2020, 11:00-12:30 (Vienna time). Permanent Missions may wish to forward this invitation to their Capitals. As suggested by the Chair of the Committee, the meeting will examine the current situation and the conditions that need to be met to allow the Committee and its Subcommittees to continue to function. In that regard, delegations are also invited to share their proposals to that effect.

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/2020/19 - CU 2020/274 of 28 July 2020.

The Briefing presentation is available for download in .pdf format.

Participants joining the meeting will be required to enter their names. Please use the following format: "     [Country], [First Name] [Last Name]" then click Join Meeting. It is important that participants include this information, particularly the name of the Country, in order to be granted access. Participants are kindly asked to join a few minutes before the meeting starts, to reduce the waiting time in the virtual lobby.

Delegations that are not familiar with the use of MS Teams Platform are invited to consult the      Guide on joining Microsoft Teams Meeting [Link for Downloading] and to join during the testing period starting at 10:30 a.m. on the same day. The testing session can be accessed via the same link as the Briefing. 

Virtual Briefing for States members of the Committee: Wednesday, 3 June 2020, 11:00-12:00  

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.

The Briefing presentation is available for download in .pdf format.

Participants joining the meeting will be required to enter their names. Please use the following format: "  [Country], [First Name] [Last Name]" then click Join Meeting. It is important that participants include this information, particularly the name of the Country, in order to be granted access. Participants are kindly asked to join a few minutes before the meeting starts, to reduce the waiting time in the virtual lobby.

Delegations that are not familiar with the use of MS Teams Platform are invited to consult the   Guide on joining Microsoft Teams Meeting [Link for Downloading] and to join during the testing period starting at 10:30 a.m. on the same day. The testing session can be accessed via the same link as the Briefing. 

Cancellation of the 23 March - 3 April scheduled session of the Legal Subcommittee

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. 

 

Session Documents

Revised draft "Space2030" agenda and implementation plan: Working paper submitted by the Bureau of the Working Group on the "Space2030" Agenda (A/AC.105/C.2/L.316)

A/AC.105/C.2/L.316

Annotated provisional agenda (including indicative schedule of work) (A/AC.105/C.2/L.312/Rev.1) 

A/AC.105/C.2/L.312/Rev.1

 

Report of the Legal Subcommittee on its fifty-eighth session (A/AC.105/1203)

A/AC.105/1203

 

Series: A/AC.105/

A/AC.105/

 

Series: A/AC.105/C.2/

A/AC.105/C.2/

 

Series: A/AC.105/C.2/L.

A/AC.105/C.2/L.

 

Series: A/AC.105/C.1/L.

A/AC.105/C.1/L.

 

General Assembly Resolution: International cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space (A/RES/74/82)

A/RES/74/82

 

LSC Reports

LSC Reports

 

COPUOS Reports

COPUOS Reports

 

STSC Reports

STSC Reports

 

Documents relating to the national legislation and practice relating to definition and delimitation of outer space (A/AC.105/865 and Addenda)

A/AC.105/865 & Addenda

 

Documents relating to the definition and delimitation of outer space: views of States members and permanent observers of the Committee (A/AC.105/1112 and Addenda)

A/AC.105/1112 & Addenda

 

Documents relating to the Questions on the definition and delimitation of outer space (A/AC.105/889 and Addenda)

A/AC.105/889 & Addenda

 

Documents relating to the Questions on suborbital flights for scientific missions and/or for human transportation (A/AC.105/1039 and Addenda)

A/AC.105/1039 & Addenda

 

Documents on Information relating to any practical case known that would warrant the definition and delimitation of outer space (A/AC.105/1226 and Addenda)

A/AC.105/1226 & Addenda

 

Documents relating to the Questionnaire on possible legal issues with regard to aerospace objects (A/AC.105/635 and Addenda, A/AC.105/C.2/L.249 and Addenda)

Aerospace

 

United Nations Treaties and Principles on Outer Space, including related General Assembly resolutions and other documents (ST/SPACE/61)

ST/SPACE/61

 

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