Views on Space Security in the United Nations

  • Massimo PellegrinoEmail author
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As a forum for discussing international approaches to global challenges, the United Nations (UN) attaches great importance to space security. While no single venue addresses all aspects of space security, multiple UN bodies have become essential multilateral fora for discussing these issues. Against this backdrop, this chapter offers a definition of space security that reflects the different connotations with which this term is used within various UN entities. It then reviews and analyzes the role that relevant UN bodies and fora play in the international discourse on space security, with particular regard to the work being made within both international security (UNGA 1st Committee, CD, UNDC, UNODA, UNIDIR) and space (UNGA 4th Committee, COPUOS, UNOOSA) settings of the UN. The chapter concludes that the diverse initiatives discussed within the different UN entities indicate the increasing pressures facing the international community in addressing all aspects of space security; that substantial differences still exist among states over priorities, methodologies, mechanisms, and settings to tackle key space security challenges; and that the existence of political will that accommodates, rather than eliminates, these differences can prove effective in finding common ground for shared action.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ViennaAustria

Section editors and affiliations

  • Christina Giannopapa
    • 1
  1. 1.European Space AgencyParisFrance

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