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How the U.N. Is Off Course in Outer Space

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Publication Date: February 1985

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Juliana Geran Pilon

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: International relations (International and regional organizations)
Science and technology (Astronomy and space science and technology)

Keywords: International organizations

Type: Report


U.N. discussions of outer space, particularly in COPUOS, largely have degenerated in the past few years into rhetoric. Most COPUOS member states no longer send technical experts to the meetings. Instead their representatives are diplomats with little or no scientific training. The disregard for the Committee's own principle of consensus led to the U.S. announcement of its intention to leave the Committee unless it observed its own regulations. As with UNESCO, the U.S. should quit COPUOS until substantial reforms are made in the way the Committee functions.