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Statement by H.E Mr. Eshagh Al Habib on International cooperation in thepeaceful uses of outer space

Statement by H.E Mr. Eshagh Al Habib

Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations

before the Special Political and Decolonization Committee

on the agenda item 52: “International cooperation in thepeaceful uses of outer space”

72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

11 October 2017, New York.


In the Name of God, the Compassionate the Merciful


 Mr. Chairman,

At the outset, I would like to express my gratitude to Mr. David Kendall,Chairman of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), for his able leadership over the Committee. I also would like to thank Ms. Simonetta Di Pippo, the Director of the United Nations Office for the Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and her colleagues in the Secretariat for their commitment and dedication to the work of the Committee.

 Mr. Chairman,

The Islamic Republic of Iran attaches great importance to international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space. The outer space andothercelestialbodiesare, indeed, common heritage and province of all mankind and belongs to all present and future generations. Therefore, we should take utmost care while exploring and using this common heritage.

In this regard, every effort should be made to ensure that the outer space is a zone for exclusively peaceful activities. Therefore, all possible activities or plans for militarization or weaponization of outer space should be prevented.

Mr. Chairman,

Outer space and all its areas should be freely accessible by all countries for exploration andpeaceful uses without discrimination of any kind, on the basis of equality and respect for principle of non-ownership of any part of outer space at any time, and irrespectiveoftheirlevelofeconomicor scientificdevelopment.  In this context, we underscore the importance of adopting a universal, non-discriminatory, and a comprehensive approach, and emphasize that any proposal or initiative on outer space should be pursued within the competent United Nations bodies, and any possible decision thereon should be made by consensus.

Mr. Chairman,

the Islamic Republic of Iran fully supports the United Nations Platform for Space-basedInformation for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER). UN-SPIDER was established to ensure that all countries, especially the developing countries, access all types of space-based information and apply space technology in case of disaster and risk management. Furthermore, this platform should also ensure that all countries, especially the natural disaster-prone countries have capacity to use the benefits of this platform. In this context, as a host to Regional Support Office of the UN-SPIDER, Iran spares no effort to strengthening this platform as well as enhancing regional and international cooperation.

Mr. Chairman,

Space technology is one of several technologies essential for successfully implementing the 2030Agenda for Sustainable Development. It helps to provide data, information and services that can directly or indirectly contribute to achieving particular Sustainable Development Goals or to assessing and monitoring the status of the implementation progress. In this context, Iran emphasizes the important of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications which was established in 1971 with the aim of assisting Member States to build capacity in the use of space science and technology and space applications in support of sustainable development, and to promote international space cooperation.

While appreciating the United Nations, I am glad to inform you that an international workshop was held on 5 and 6 November 2016 in Tehran, the Capital of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Workshop was organized by the United Nations in cooperation with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It aimed at, inter alia, in particular, raising awareness of space technologies and promoting their use in the monitoring of droughts and of sand and dust storms for the benefit of the Middle East, including those countries such as Iran which are suffering from sand and dust storms, and developing countries in general. The Workshop explored how current space technologies were helping to identify and monitor the effects of climate change, including droughts and sand and dust storms, on vulnerable areas at the international and regional levels.

Mr. Chairman,

In conclusion, the Islamic Republic of Iran believes that the committee’s mandate in preparing a set of guidelines will come to an end only when all draft guidelines are agreed upon as a whole by the Committee and presented to the General Assembly for final adoption. Therefore, Iran emphasizes the right of all COPUOS members to present their proposals and amendments to draft guidelines before the end of formal negotiations in the Committee. In our view, annexing part of a set of guidelines to the last year’s report of the COPUOS, contained in document A/71/20, does not change their status as long as they are still under review by the Committee.

Thank you!

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