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PTSpace Identifies Key Points in Lisbon Space Declaration

Management and Sustainability of Outer Space Activities Conference. Credit: PTSpace

Ibadan, 16 May 2024. – The Portuguese Space Agency has prepared the Lisbon Declaration on Outer Space in the context of the Management and Sustainability of Outer Space Activities Conference. The Declaration results from two preparatory symposia focusing on technical and governance issues that preceded the conference.

The Declaration first identifies that the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) and its subcommittees retain a principal role as the appropriate forum to discuss challenges to the safe and sustainable use of space and to reach a consensus on international cooperation in the peaceful exploration and use of outer space. It also identifies the importance of advancing multilateral efforts for the peaceful, safe and sustainable use of outer space and the need for government and multistakeholder cooperation to establish guidance for sustainable space activities.

The Lisbon Declaration also encourages COPUOS to develop a dedicated platform within it concerning developing norms, rules and principles for space activities for a comprehensive approach to space governance. This should in turn enable the benefits of multi-sector and meaningful multi-stakeholder participation. Likewise, it identifies the need for international coordination to foster transparency, clarity and consistency of relevant policies and regulations across the various existing forums and initiatives to address and promote the safety and sustainability of space activities.

Expanding youth participation in space activities through dedicated avenues that include the viewpoint of youth, as well as through intergenerational dialogues is also important as it helps preserve the sustainable and peaceful exploration and use of space for generations to come. Lastly, the Declaration also identifies the Summit of the Future and the Pact for the Future as key initiatives for fostering greater cooperation and coordination in outer space exploration

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