United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space

Terri at United Nations’ headquarters in New York City

Terri at United Nations’ headquarters in New York City

The Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space was set up by the General Assembly in 1959 (resolution 1472 (XIV)  to review the scope of international cooperation in peaceful uses of outer space, to devise programs in this field to be undertaken under United Nations auspices, to encourage continued research and the dissemination of information on outer space matters, and to study legal problems arising from the exploration of outer space.

Number of Member States in the Committee: 77                                                                 

The Committee has two standing Subcommittees of the whole: Scientific & Technical and Legal

The Committee and its two Subcommittees meet annually to consider questions put before them by the General Assembly, reports submitted to them and issues raised by the Member States. The Committee and the Subcommittees, working on the basis of consensus, make recommendations to the General Assembly. Detailed information on the work of the Committee and the Subcommittees are contained in their annual reports.

The fifty-eighth session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space was held from 10-19 June 2015 at the United Nation Office at Vienna, Vienna International Center, Vienna, Austria.

Additional notes found on the Internet:

The United Nations began working with ETI Consciousness as early as the 1970s when the Prime Minister of the new member state of Grenada, Sir Eric Gairy, began a lobbying initiative to incorporate the UFO challenge in the United Nations agenda. Prime Minister Gairy and UN Ambassador Wellington Friday raised the UFO issue at a meeting of the thirty-second General Assembly Special Political Committee on November 28, 1977.

At the 87th plenary meeting of the General Assembly on December 19, 1978, Decision 33/426 was adopted, "Establishment of an agency or a department of the United Nations for undertaking, coordinating and disseminating the results of research into unidentified flying objects and related phenomena."

The General Assembly also invited interested Member States to take appropriate steps to coordinate on a national level scientific research and investigation into extraterrestrial life, including unidentified flying objects, and to inform the Secretary-General of the observations, research and evaluation of such activities.

The Outer Space Committee would permit Grenada "to present its views" in 1979 and the Committee's deliberation would be included in its report to the thirty-fourth General Assembly. The Grenada initiative was gradually opening the door to UFO cooperative international investigation, but unfortunately political events stalled this initiative.