Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space
The Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) was set up by the General
Assembly in 1959 to govern the exploration and use of space for the benefit of all humanity: for
peace, security and development. The Committee was tasked with reviewing international
cooperation in peaceful uses of outer space, studying space-related activities that could be
undertaken by the United Nations, encouraging space research programmes, and studying legal problems arising from the exploration of outer space.
In 1962, the two COPUOS subcommittees: the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee and the
Legal Subcommittee met for the first time and continue to do so annually.
The COPUOS originally consisted of 18 members but it grew to involve 95 countries as of 2019.
More information under: https://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/ourwork/copuos/index.html