UN Fourth Committee: Space Technologies Indispensable to Tackle Challenges of Climate Change

14 October 2008: During the debate on international

cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space by the Fourth Committee (Special

Political and Decolonization) of the 63rd General Assembly, Ciro Arévalo Yepes,

Chairman of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, underscored the

role space technology could play in addressing climate change, food security

and health.

He introduced the Report of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of

Outer Space (document A/62/20) and noted that space applications provide

effective mechanisms for conducting environmental assessments, managing natural

resources, and providing early warning and disaster management tools. Yepes

explained that the Outer Space Committee, which recently entered a new chapter

and focused on development needs, had a new agenda item on space and climate

change. In the ensuing debate, several countries highlighted the need for a

closer link between the Outer Space Committee and the Commission on Sustainable

Development, and emphasized that space technologies were critical to the future

of all developing nations. [UN Press Release]