The State of Qatar has called on the countries of the world to implement their space activities in accordance with international law, rules and regulations, to ensure that space is used in a sustainable manner and for exclusively peaceful purposes.
This came in the statement of the State of Qatar delivered by Sheikh Abdul Rahman bin Nasser Al Thani, Second Secretary to the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the United Nations Office and International Organizations in Vienna, before the 61st session of the Legal Subcommittee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, currently being held in Vienna.
He expressed concern over the possibility of an arms race in outer space, stressing the need for all Member States, especially those with significant capabilities in the space field, to contribute effectively to preventing an arms race in outer space.
He said that the State of Qatar believes that the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes has added a new dimension to human existence, present and future, and that the benefits derived from the exploration of outer space and from the use of space technologies play a major role in daily life.
He added: Based on our firm conviction of the need to uphold the values of international cooperation, any outer space activity should be carried out in accordance with the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and other celestial bodies, as the parties to the international law of space. The 1967 treaty established the basic principles of international space law.
He stressed the important role played by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs in building capacities related to international space law, exchanging information related to space law and how to apply and enhance it, pointing to Qatar’s interest in strengthening its relationship with the Office and benefiting from its technical expertise in national capacity building, training and education activities. in the field of space law.
Regarding the activities of the State of Qatar in the field of outer space, Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Nasser Al Thani noted the continuous efforts to integrate space sciences and technologies into the Qatar National Vision 2030 by expanding the infrastructure of its activities in the field of outer space, and preparing national cadres specialized in space sciences and technologies, in addition to Concluding agreements with specialized reputable international institutions.
He revealed that in 2020, the State of Qatar signed a cooperation agreement with NASA to design the first satellite dedicated to studying groundwater, the effects of climate change and the impact of sea level rise on desert and dry areas, including the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa, and it is expected to be launched in 2025.
At the conclusion of his statement, he stressed that space science and technology and its applications provide indispensable tools in finding long-term solutions to achieve the goals of sustainable development, especially in light of the significant changes that have occurred in space activities and the increasing number of participants in these activities, which requires multilateral endeavors to meet the new emerging challenges. , with particular regard to the needs of developing countries.
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