United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS)
HEAD-CHAIR: Billy Shi
VICE-CHAIR: A.J. SHULMAN
Climate change is the defining issue of this generation, and the manner in which world leaders develop solutions to deal with the effects of climate change will determine the future of the human race in its entirety. Unfortunately, lack of accountability among nations in meeting their emissions targets for 2030 is a major cause of this increasing danger. Scientists across the world are trying to use space-technology to gather evidence and data on climate change. This can help them eventually find solutions to climate change’s effects.
Peace in Outer Space
Ever since the Space Race in the 1960s, many nations and individuals have been concerned about how space will be used as a new frontier of warfare. States with space-travel capabilities have a clear advantage in this new age where being able to move objects to and through space can pose a major threat to any opposing nation globally.
Also, the legality surrounding basic human rights in space is very complex in the present day. As
space travel grows to the private sector and other organizations and agencies loosely, if at all tied to national governments, the general health of space goers is an issue rising to the forefront of UN COPUOS agenda. Further, the legalities concerning launching authorities’ responsibilities when astronauts, and eventually regular citizens, are returning to Earth is an important issue to COPUOS.