SWF Podcast - "Progress on International Best Practices for Space Sustainability Part 4"

Friday, October 21, 2016

On June 17, 2016, the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS) agreed to twelve long-term sustainability (LTS) guidelines, representing “best practices” for the safe and responsible use of space. These twelve voluntary guidelines mark a successful milestone out of years of discussions within COPUOS and represent the Committee’s role in fostering international cooperation in ensuring that everyone can continue to derive benefits from the use of space over the long-term.

Co-organized by the Secure World Foundation and the U.S. Department of State, "Progress and Planning Ahead: International Best Practices for Outer Space Sustainability" brought together top U.S. and international space policy experts from governments, industry, and academia to discuss the current state of the long-term sustainability guidelines discussions, national implementation strategies, and next steps for the international community to ensure that space is sustainable over the long-term.

More details, including speaker bios and a video recording of the event, can be found at the event page on the SWF website.

This podcast is a recording of the fourth panel from the event, on "Multilateral Organizations: International Efforts and Successes."  


  • Gerard Brachet, space policy consultant, former chair of COPUOS
  • Sergio Marchisio, University Sapienza of Rome
  • Mazlan Othman, Academy of Sciences Malaysia, former Director of UNOOSA
  • Scott Pace, George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute
  • Moderator: Ken Hodgkins, U.S. Department of State

Audio Available Here

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Last updated on May 31, 2017