62nd Session, Vienna, 12 – 21 June 2019
Agenda Item 15: „Space2030“ agenda
Statement by Germany
Mr. Chairman, distinguished delegates,
1. Germany welcomes the adoption of the UNISPACE+50 Resolution by the General Assembly. We would like to reiterate our appreciation for the preparatory process and all supporting documents leading up to this important document, especially the reports under the seven thematic priorities as well as the work of the office on the four pillars of space as a driver for sustainable development. We think that this committee, with substantial support of the office, has set the right tracks for the way forward on Space2030. Therefore, we welcome the incorporation of this new agenda item and look forward to the continuation of this work.
2. We would like to reiterate the great importance we attach to a meaningful Space2030 agenda and an easy-to-read implementation plan. Bringing the benefits of space to earth and strengthening global space governance is very much in line with the German Space Strategy. The agenda will be a unique opportunity for us to raise awareness on the important role of this committee and its subcommittee, the work of the Office for Outer Space Affairs as well as other existing and future initiatives under the four pillars space economy, space society, space accessibility and space diplomacy.
3. The UN/Germany High Level Forum last November in Bonn underlined that a close partnership between all relevant stakeholders – state and non-state actors, international organisations, civil society, academia, and private partners – is crucial for bringing the benefits of space to earth. Therefore, we see much value in continuing this event series of High Level Fora on an annual basis in different parts of the world, in order to give the Committee an adequate means to benefit from the recommendations of all relevant stakeholders. This dialogue and exchange – especially between the space sector and the non-space sector – will be crucial for the implementation of the „Space2030“ agenda.
4. Mr. Chairman,
Germany is very pleased with the progress made so far in the working group on Space2030. This is much due to the excellent leadership displayed by the chair and the two vice chairs supported by the office, but also to the active engagement of many member states. The current draft reflects already in welcome detail, how space is a driver for sustainable development. In this regard, Germany attaches great importance to strengthening the role of space science and research for sustainable development, disaster management and dealing with climate change. We wish to highlight the important work of UNSPIDER in this regard as well as the necessity to strengthen capacity building and education activities.
5. We would also like to reiterate that the legal regime and global governance for outer space activities is an integral part of the „Space2030“ agenda:
• Firstly, sustainable development in outer space requires legal certainty and a universally accepted, multilateral space law regime.
• Secondly, sustainable use of outer space supports various SDGs, since space applications are vital to climate monitoring, earth observation and disaster management, as well as enabling access to communications in remote areas.
• Thirdly, space systems are critical infrastructure, on a national as well as the international level. Due to the characteristics of space and the threat posed by increasing the space debris population unilateral action may threaten the use of space „for the benefit and in the interest of all countries“. Therefore, a multilateral and universally accepted balanced space governance regime is indispensable.
6. It is very clear that we have to face the challenge of long-term sustainable use of outer space by a multilateral approach, using the unique forum of COPUOS and the institutional support of UNOOSA. With the growing number of space actors it is indispensable to raise awareness of the legal regime of outer space, to promote the universality of the treaties, to give guidance and offer technical assistance for the implementation of the space law regime on the national level. The Space2030 agenda is a unique opportunity to do this. In this regard, it will also be crucial that UNOOSA receives adequate funding for fulfilling its mandate.
With this, we thank you for your attention and look forward to continuing the work on the Space2030 Agenda.