SWF PREPRINT Implementation of the UN COPUOS Space Sustainability Guidelines_Early Implementation


Dr. Peter Martinez

Posting date:

October 16, 2023




In 2019, the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS) adopted a set of 21 guidelines for the long-term sustainability of outer space activities, the so-called “LTS Guidelines.” This paper describes the content of the LTS Guidelines and presents some of the early guideline implementation efforts reported by States in COPUOS. The paper then discusses the role of industry, civil society, and academia in the implementation of the guidelines and concludes with some observations on the next phase of the LTS discussions in UN COPUOS.


Outer space activities, long-term sustainability, counterspace capabilities, orbital debris, United Nations Committee for the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS), LTS guidelines, space sustainability, Brundtland report, space debris mitigation, radio frequency spectrum, conjunction assessment, international cooperation, space operations, capacity-building, space environment


Peter Martinez, "Implementation of the UN COPUOS Space Sustainability Guidelines: Early Implementation Experiences and Next Steps in COPUOS", SWF Preprint PP23/01, 2023.

Last updated on October 31, 2023