United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
We are delighted that you have chosen to take part in Benenden School’s fifteenth Security Council Committee. Leading the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) will be Ava, a year 12 MUNer at Benenden School.
Having enjoyed delegating in a number of school-held conferences in the UK, I am hoping to provide you with support during the lead up to the debate, but also during the day it will take place. We believe that Model United Nations is a truly rewarding experience which grants everyone the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of international relations, giving young people like us the opportunity to listen to, as well as hear, about topics which are pivotal to the scope of the world today.
The question of regulating foreign objects in space is a topical issue as the world progresses in scientific advancement and exploration, with the question of territorial control over space particularly engaged in by developing countries. Conflicts incited by such issue dates back to the 1970s Space Race between United States and the Soviet Union, and continue to develop till the current day, as seen in increasing tensions towards outer-space activity between China and the US. The correlation between Space regulation and tensions amongst Great Powers, indicates how relevant and influential such issue is to the globe, involving major alliances and futuristic political ambitions. Hence, as the UNOOSA, it is essential that we act as a mediator and judge for space regulation, so that not only are tensions between Great Powers for ambitions in space relieved, but that less developed countries have equal opportunity in space-based technology and information access. Details of the UNOOSA’s missions can be seen in the following pages.
Compared to humanitarian-based issues discussed in other United Nations-based committees, the topics of UNOOSA may seem less relatable and comprehensible. This may be due to the lower frequency of news coverage about space activity in contrast to that of social, political or economic issues, or that it requires specialisation in relevant scientific knowledge and laws. However, I would like to remind you all that MUN is design to be a fun yet also highly eye-opening experience, where not only delegates, but also chairs like myself, learn from one another, whether debating skills, negotiation techniques or interesting facts surrounding the topic. Hence, I encourage you, no matter the depth or breadth of your knowledge in this topic or MUN in general, to partake in the conference with a curious and open mind to all types of intellectual stimulations. I look forward to a fruitful debate amongst you, future leaders for outer-globe improvement and peace!
Head Chair of UNOOSA