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Denmark recommended for membership of UN space committee

A joint UN committee for the peaceful use of space has recommended Denmark as a future member of the committee. Denmark will have better opportunities to follow and influence the international development in the area.

Jun 09, 2017

New satellites, more data and endless possibilities for companies and public authorities. Developments in the space field have moved swiftly in recent years and now Denmark looks to become a member of the UN's space committee for the first time.

The Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) is seen as the central international forum in the space arena and was established in 1959. The committee has 84 member countries as well as a number of observers.

The application follows the adoption of Denmark's first space legislation last year. The rapid technological development also plays a role, as it provides brand new opportunities for companies and authorities.

For example, the development of ultra small satellites provides new space opportunities for private companies. But with more satellites, and generally more activity in space, there is also a greater need to adjust regulations for space pollution. Defunct satellites can present a great global problem in the future if not dealt with now.

There is therefore an even greater need than before to follow international developments. This membership will give Denmark greater influence if new regulations or guidelines are introduced to the area.

The Ministry of Higher Education and Science, together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, submitted the Danish application for membership and COPUOS has announced today that Denmark has been recommended for membership. The recommendation must be approved by the UN General Assembly which is expected to take place in December 2017.

last modified Jun 09, 2017