COMMITTEE ON THE PEACEFUL USES OF OUTER SPACE (COPUOS)

Chair: Nithya Pathalam 


The United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) was established in 1959 (shortly after the launch of Sputnik) as an ad hoc committee within the General Assembly organ. In 1959, it was formally established by United Nations resolution 1472 (XIV). The mission of COPUOS is "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.

Topic B

Militarization of space

Topic A

Space debris regulation

 

APPROXIMATE COMMITTEE SIZE: 190 (DOUBLE DELEGATION)


Learning goals

Delegates will...

  • Tackle important questions relating to space regulation and UN jurisdiction over the militarization of space;
  • Understand various space programs developed by UN members along with the militaristic capabilities of each initiative;
  • Comprehend the importance of having a proper protocol to address space debris;
  • Combine important scientific and astrological research with international law and diplomacy to create effective strategies for outer space peace. 

About the Chair

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Nithya Pathalam is a senior at Georgetown University studying Government and Biology. Her interests lie primarily in in biotechnology, health policy, and overall scientific innovation. Originally from Massachusetts and a transfer student to Georgetown from Northeastern University, Nithya has gotten the chance to participate in in numerous Model UN, Model Arab League, and Model NATO conferences in the roles of delegate, staffer, and chair. Outside of being a travelling member of the Georgetown MUN team, Nithya is a member of an on-campus consulting club, avid foodie, and enjoys taking advantage of all of the museums that D.C. has to offer. Additionally, Nithya is a Government Affairs Intern at SpaceX in their Washington D.C. office, so she is also incredibly happy to the chair of COPUOS this year! This is her second and final NAIMUN and she is extremely excited to see how committee plays out!