59. U.S. statement on UN register for space objects (March 2007)
AGENDA ITEM 9
ORGANIZATIONS IN REGISTERING SPACE OBJECTS
STATEMENT BY MARK SIMONOFF, US REPRESENTATIVE TO
THE LEGAL SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE UN COMMITTEE ON
THE PEACEFUL USES OF OUTER SPACE
Thank you Mr. Chairman. My delegation is pleased to address the Subcommittee on the question of the practice of States and International Organizations in registering space objects under the Convention on Registration of Objects Launched into Outer Space. The Subcommittee is now in the fourth and final year of its work plan on this topic. The United States was pleased to join with other members of the Subcommittee in proposing this work plan.
As we have stated previously, the United States believes that this Subcommittee can play a useful role in promoting adherence to the Registration Convention with respect to registration of space objects.
Since the establishment of the UN Register for space objects, activities in space have dramatically increased and changed in nature to include increasing commercial activities. We are pleased with the progress that has been on this agenda item, and think that the practical suggestions that have been developed will be beneficial to all nations. We look forward to finalizing the proposed text of a possible UN General Assembly Resolution on this issue during this session.
We would like to thank Germany in particular for hosting the intersessional meeting in Berlin in January of this year. It allowed us to make significant progress toward completing our work. And, of course, we wish to express our deep appreciation to the Chairman of the working group, Kai-Uwe Schrogl, for his outstanding leadership and hard work.