Statement by Mr. Rajeel Mohsin, First Secretary Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations at the General Debate of the Special Political and Decolonization (Fourth Committee) on “Peaceful Uses of Outer Space” (October 25, 2018)

Mr. Chairman,

The report of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) on its 61st Session, contained in the document A/73/20, provides a comprehensive review of the activities of the Committee.

We would like to extend our appreciation for the work done by the UN COPUOS ably led by its chair.

Mr. Chairman,

Pakistan is party to all of the five core multilateral treaties governing the peaceful uses of outer space, including the 1967 Outer Space Treaty; the 1968 Rescue Agreement; the 1972 Liability Convention; the 1975 Registration Convention; and the 1979 Moon Agreement.

We stand ready to explore the conclusion of additional legally binding instruments that would contribute to preventing the weaponization of outer space.

Pakistan has been a member of COPUOS since 1973. This Committee has an important role in maximizing the benefits of space capabilities in the service of humanity, particularly in the field of environment, health and disaster mitigation.

Mr. Chairman,

The Outer Space Treaty of 1967 recognized that the exploration and use of outer space shall be carried out for the benefit and in the interests of all countries and shall be the common province of all humanity and will remain humanity’s common heritage.

Pakistan adheres to the five principles of exploration and use of outer space for the benefit of all humanity: for peace, security and development. As a party to the five core treaties on outer space, we consider the universalization of legal instruments a prerequisite for global cooperation.

Pakistan is committed to: