On 9–13 May 2022 Nivedita Raju, a Researcher in SIPRI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Programme, participated in the first substantive session of the United Nations open-ended working group on reducing space threats through norms, rules and principles of responsible behaviours. The session, which aimed to take stock of the existing international legal and other normative frameworks in this area, was held in Geneva.
Raju was invited to discuss transparency and confidence-building measures during a meeting on 13 May that focused on the relevant voluntary mechanisms and regimes in the context of threats arising from state behaviours with respect to outer space.
The group is chaired by Ambassador Hellmut Lagos Koller (Chile). Opening remarks for the session were delivered by Izumi Nakamitsu, UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs.
More information about the open-ended working group on reducing space threats is available here.