U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the United States has decided to join with the European Union and other nations to develop an International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities.
Ms. Clinton stated that the long-term sustainability of our space environment is at serious risk from space debris and irresponsible actors. She noted that ensuring the stability, safety, and security of our space systems is of vital interest to the United States and the global community.
“These systems allow the free flow of information across platforms that open up our global markets, enhance weather forecasting and environmental monitoring, and enable global navigation and transportation.” -Ms. Clinton
She explained that a Code of Conduct will help maintain the long-term sustainability, safety, stability, and security of space by establishing guidelines for the responsible use of space.
“Unless the international community addresses these challenges, the environment around our planet will become increasingly hazardous to human spaceflight and satellite systems, which would create damaging consequences for all of us.” -Ms. Clinton
She emphasized that the United States has made clear to its partners that it will not enter into a code of conduct that in any way constrains its national security-related activities in space or our ability to protect the United States and our allies.
“We are, however, committed to working together to reverse the troubling trends that are damaging our space environment and to preserve the limitless benefits and promise of space for future generations.” -Ms. Clinton