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COPUOS-2021

COPUOS-2021

The statement of the Islamic Republic of Iran was made by Dr. Kazem Gharibabadi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Vienna-based International Organizations during the general exchange of views of the Sixty-fourth session of Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) on August 31, 2021.

The statement of the Islamic Republic of Iran was made by Dr. Kazem Gharibabadi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Vienna-based International Organizations during the general exchange of views of the Sixty-fourth session of Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) on August 31, 2021.

At the beginning of the statement, he stressed the importance of the peaceful use of outer space by all member states and free access to this strategic area for all countries, particularly developing countries, without discrimination, and stated that any action to arm the outer space would be contrary to international principles and treaties.

He then presented a summary report of "the International Workshop on the Space Technology Applications for Drought, Flood, and Water Resources Management" co-hosted by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the Iranian Space Agency and attended by 370 experts from over 40 countries of the World in August 2021.

Dr. Gharibabadi emphasized the rational and equitable use of the geostationary orbit for the benefit and in the interest of all States, and requested COPUOS and ITU to revise existing procedures. He underlined the challenges posed by the recent placement in space of mega-constellations that can lead to the increasingly complex and congested space environment in Low Earth Orbits (LEO) and a significant increase in space debris, where consequently launching and injecting satellites into near-Earth orbits will pose a serious risk.

In the end, he criticized the attempts of some States in promoting their views without considering the conditions of other countries in the draft international instruments, like Guidelines for the Long-term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities or principles of responsible behaviour in outer space, calling it a step to hinder the activities and space programs of developing countries.