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Romanian delegation at the 57th session of the Committee On the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, Vienna, 11-20 June 2014

on 19 June 2014

Marius-Ioan Piso, President of the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA), together with several other ROSA representatives took part at the fifty-seventh session of the United Nations Comitttee On the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, held in Viena, between 11-20 June 2014. The Committee is the primary body advancing international cooperation and increasing awareness of the peaceful uses of outer space.

"Challenges to our society, including that of global climate change, and to food security and global health, are all interlinked with disasters, and we need a holistic approach", said Mr. Azzedine Oussedik of Algeria, as he accepted election to the Chair of the UN-COPUOS and opened the 57th session.
Dr. Marius-Ioan Piso, the Romanian representative, raised issues on Space and sustainable development.

Beside this subject, the committee considered the long-term sustainability of space activities and, in particular, a consolidated set of draft guidelines on long-term sustainability, including issues such as the use of space to support sustainable development on earth, space debris, space-situational awareness, space weather and the regulatory framework for space activities.
About the committee

In 1958, shortly after the launching of the first artifical satellite, Sputnik-1, the United Nations General Assembly established an ad hoc Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space ( GA resolution 1348 (XIII)). The following year, a permanent Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space was established by the General Assembly ( resolution 1472 (XIV)).

In 1959, the Committee had 24 members, and Romania was one of them since the very beginning. Between 2010 – 2012, Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu, the first Romanian cosmonaut, was the president of the committee.

Nowadays the organisation has grown to 74 members — one of the largest Committees in the United Nations. In addition to States, a number of international organisations, including both intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations, have observer status with UN-COPUOS and its Subcommittees.