Statement on Near Earth Objects at the 56th session of the Scientific-Technical Sub-Committee of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS)


56th Session, Vienna, 11 February - 22 February 2019 - Germany                         

Item 11: Near-Earth Objects

Madam Chair,

Distinguished Delegates,

In recent years we have witnessed much progress in understanding the nature and extent of near-Earth asteroid hazard. International cooperation is required to predict potentially severe events and to mitigate their impacts. The International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWN) and the Space Mission Planning Advisory Group (SMPAG) have been formed to pool the ideas and resources to enable future successful near-Earth object mitigation space missions.

In 2016 the SMPAG Ad-hoc Working Group on Legal Issues was established, coordinated by DLR. The aims of the working group include the formulation and prioritization of relevant legal issues relating to the work of SMPAG, and we look forward to the presentation of the group’s first report.

Madam Chair, distinguished Delegates,

We thank you for your kind attention.

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