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Accordingly, guaranteeing peaceful activities in outer space and avoiding weaponizing and arm race in this area is an urgent and basic priority, he added.
Pakistan, the statement recalled, had been consistently highlighting the risks of weaponisation of outer space, which threaten the long-term sustainability of peaceful space activities.
Pakistan and Russia also reiterated their commitment to refrain from the threat or use of force in outer space activities, encouraging other responsible space-faring nations to follow this example.
- Reiterate their commitment to the principle enshrined in Article 2 of the United Nations Charter - to refrain in international relations from the threat or use of force, including in Outer Space activities - and proceed from the assumption that all States will strictly adhere to that policy,
But the business of controlling arms in outer space isn't done.
Developing countries would neither carry the burden of non-proliferation, nor would they accept any discriminatory restrictions that hampered their peaceful pursuits in outer space.
Outer space is a highly dual-use domain, critically important both for military/security and civil/commercial purposes.
China's disarmament ambassador Fu Cong called for substantive discussions on outer space, leading to negotiations.
"Creating this legal framework would be a definitive step in the direction of developing the country's national capabilities on the peaceful uses of outer space and space-derived economic benefits," Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Assistant Secretary Emmanuel Galvez said.
The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the UN Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space 2018, UNISPACE+50, organised from June 18th to 23rd in Vienna, Austria.
Vienna: The UAE Space Agency has adopted a new resolution during the 50th anniversary of the first UN Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. The resolution's key focus is on space as a driver of sustainable development across the globe.