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News > Statement of the Delegation of The Islamic Republic of Iran Delivered by H.E. Dr. Kazem Gharibabadi Ambassador and Permanent Representative Before the Sixty-second Session of The Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) 12 -21 June 2019


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Statement of the Delegation of The Islamic Republic of Iran Delivered by H.E. Dr. Kazem Gharibabadi Ambassador and Permanent Representative Before the Sixty-second Session of The Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) 12 -21 June 2019

“In the name of Allah, the most compassionate, the most merciful”

 

Statement of the Delegation of

The Islamic Republic of Iran

Delivered by H.E. Dr. Kazem Gharibabadi

Ambassador and Permanent Representative

Before the Sixty-second Session of

The Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS)

12 -21 June 2019

 

Agenda Item 4: General Exchange of Views

Mr. Chair

It is a great pleasure for me to take this opportunity to extend my congratulations for your appointment as the new Chair of the Committee. I am confident that under your able leadership, we shall achieve further progress in our mutual efforts towards peaceful uses of outer space.

My thanks also go to Madam Simonetta Di Pippo, the Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and her staff.

We welcome the application submitted by two states, to become members of the Committee. The steady growth of COPUOS in recent years is a clear sign of the international recognition of the unique role of COPUOS.

Mr. Chair

The Islamic Republic of Iran alongside with other delegations continues to reaffirm the universally agreed principles governing the activities of States in the exploration and use of outer space, including the Moon and other celestial bodies.

In this regard, my country is well prepared to participate in joint bilateral, multilateral, regional and international space cooperation projects in various forms. We are of the view that international cooperation in the peaceful uses and exploration of outer space is in the interest of all countries, irrespective of their degree of development, without discrimination of any kind and with due regard to the principle of equality. 

Mr. Chair

We would like to reiterate our position on the geostationary orbit -as a limited resource which has unique potential for the implementation of different kinds of programs to benefit our planet- that it must be used rationally, efficiently and economically, in conformity with the provisions of the ITU Radio Regulations, so that countries may have equitable access to those orbits and frequencies, taking into account the special needs of the Developing Countries. The Islamic Republic of Iran firmly believes that the utilization by States of the geostationary orbit on the basis of “first come, first served” is unacceptable and that the COPOUS, with the involvement of ITU, should develop a solution, guaranteeing equal access to orbital positions for all States. 

Mr. Chair

The Islamic Republic of Iran reaffirms the importance of preventing an arms race in outer space and calls upon all States, in particular those with major space capabilities, to commit themselves in preserving outer space as a peaceful environment. We believe that the sustainability of outer space activities both in the short and in long-term, requires that all states to ensure that no weapons are ever placed or used in outer space.

Mr. Chair

The issue of space debris, its proliferation and challenges posed by its removal, are a growing cause for concern in the space environment, and serve as a constant reminder of the need to take active measures to safeguard our global environment from pollution. My delegation stresses that the potential hazards of accidental collisions of debris in particular from large satellite constellations being launched into and operating within the low Earth orbit (LEO) with space objects and consequences for the contamination of outer space, cannot be underestimated.

In this context, we share the concerns about the increase in space debris and its impacts on sustainable use of outer space. No doubt that addressing this concern, should follow the principle of "Common but Differentiated Responsibility" (CDBR). In our view, all issues related to the space debris need to be considered thoroughly, taking into account the concerns of all States, and should be agreed by consensus.

Mr. Chair

While the relevance and use of communications, navigations, remote sensing and other space science and technology applications are continuously increasing, greater capacity-building and technology transfer are also needed, in particular in Developing Countries.

The small-satellites missions are becoming increasingly important in supporting these key roles of space technology, as well as in the advancement of technology through capacity building in Developing Countries.

Having considered the essential roles of small satellites in the socio-economic development of the Developing Member States, the Committee should not impose limitations on designing, building, launching and using of small satellites, since they are “Space Objects” in legal sense, and consequently subject to the same legal and regulatory obligations as all other space objects.

Mr. Chair

Natural disaster is of great concern to my respective government; in this regard Iranian Space Agency as the regional support office, has initiated a set of program to manage and reduce natural disaster risks through space technology in close cooperation with UNOOSA within the framework of UN-SPIDER to promote our national capabilities and enhance our regional and international capacity and synergy.

We call upon the UNOOSA, through UN-SPIDER, to intensify its capacity-building activities through technical advisory missions and training programs, in particular in Developing Countries, to strengthen disaster risk preparedness and emergency response at the national level.

Mr. Chair

Last but not least, I wish to conclude my remarks by reiterating the hope that we all succeed in demonstrating that space is a mankind heritage with great potential to benefit for all human beings. There is no reason why it should not be so, if we all wish to use outer space exclusively for peaceful purposes.

 

I thank you Mr. Chair.


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