The role of international organisations for the fair and responsible use of space

  • Kazuto Suzuki
Part of the Studies in Space Policy book series (STUDSPACE, volume 4)


International society is composed of sovereign States. The membership of international organisations such as UNCOPUOS is limited to sovereign Member States and they are the ones who make the final decisions. If there is no agreement or consensus among sovereign States, there will be no regulations. However, we must ask whether the players in space are limited to only State entities. Many commercial organisations are already active in satellite communications and Earth observation and may become active in human space flights in the near future. We cannot simply assume that States are the only actors in space.


Member State Space Activity Security Council Moral Obligation Outer Space 
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