Committee Policy and Legal Affairs Section (CPLA) uv Space Laws

Committee, Policy and Legal Affairs Section (CPLA)

As part of UNOOSA efforts to support the intergovernmental processes in the area of space activities that take place within the United Nations framework, the Committee, Policy and Legal Affairs Section of UNOOSA provides substantive secretariat services to the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), its Scientific and Technical Subcommittee and Legal Subcommittee and related working groups.

CPLA also provides substantive secretariat services to the Working Group of the Whole of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee) of the UN General Assembly when it considers the item on international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space.

As UNOOSA leads UN-Space (the Inter-Agency Meeting on Outer Space Activities), CPLA convenes and services the sessions of UN-Space.

Comprising staff with legal, policy and economics background, the CPLA team works closely with UN Member States in supporting their capacity building efforts in space activities and in building national space infrastructure, by organizing workshops on space law and policy, as well as on organizational questions relating to international cooperation in space activities and on United Nations [[[space]]-related activities. CPLA also works with other actors, such as regional organizations and mechanisms, in support of their efforts and cooperation in space activities.

Mr. Niklas Hedman of Sweden serves as Chief of the Committee, Policy and Legal Affairs Section since January 2006.