Mr. Benjamin M
Israel’s Delegate to
the Fourth Committee
Agenda Item 50
Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space
You Mr./Madam Chair,
Chairman, allow me to congratulate you on your election to preside over the
Fourth Committee. May I take this opportunity to assure you of Israel's full
support and cooperation.
Chair, Distinguished delegates,
few decades have seen significant developments in space research and
exploration. As such, the number of countries relying on space programs and
space applications for their economic welfare, development and national security
is steadily growing.
progress in this field is difficult to achieve alone. Many countries find it difficult
to sustain their space endeavors due to the resource-intensive nature of these
programs. The best way to overcome these challenges is to engage with the
international community by entering into joint ventures. By doing so, we have
the ability to drive significant technological breakthroughs.
national civil space program was adopted with a focus on the study of space
utilization for securing life on Earth.
Israeli Space Agency, known as ISA, pursues a mission of peaceful outer space
cooperation by promoting innovative scientific projects based on international
collaboration. The space industry harnesses the best of human creativity and
vision. It provides important infrastructure to spur industrial development.
believes that by collaborating with other countries, we create opportunities to
learn new methodologies. Such cooperation enables us to better understand
cultural nuances and increases understanding and tolerance.
this end, the Israeli Space Agency has signed cooperation agreements with
sister agencies from various countries. The Space Agency continues to expand
links with international partners and has sought to advance a number of
projects that would benefit the international community at large.
me to mention just a few of Israel’s recent space related activities.
December 2012 the Government of Israel allotted the first of five budgetary
allocations in order to implement its 2010 decision to promote Israel's
National Civil Space Program.
year, Israel has created new ties with space cooperation partners, both
national space agencies, as well as, international organizations.
8th Annual International Ilan Ramon Space Conference took place in
January 2013 in Israel. Over the course of three days, 14 delegations from
national space agencies came to Israel to discuss future space exploration,
spaceflight safety, international cooperation, non-traditional applications of
space, space industry, space and science and more. The conference was a huge success.
It was a celebration of Israel's space capabilities and a recognition of the
need for the international community to cooperate in this field.
me take this opportunity to extend an open invitation to all countries, to participate
in the next Ilan Ramon Space Conference that will take place in January 2014 at
March 2013, more than 30 European space-related entities visited Israel to meet
with similar companies and more than 300 productive meetings took place.
year, the International Astronautical Federation together with the
International Academy of Astronautics and the International Institute of Space
Law, host the International Astronautical Congress. At last year’s 63rd
Congress in Naples, Jerusalem was selected to host the 2015 Congress. My
country is working tirelessly to ensure the success of this important
past two decades have witnessed a dramatic intensification of space-related
activities. Eleven countries, including Israel, have space launch capability
and over sixty countries own and operate approximately 1,100 active satellites.
Space based assets offer a wide spectrum of critical civilian, commercial, and
military related services, many of them essential. Israel established an
inter-ministerial committee to cooperate with the European Union in the
drafting of the Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities. This calls on countries to establish policies
and procedures to minimize accidents or other acts that could interfere with
other states' right to the peaceful exploration and use of outer space.
recently donated a model of its OPSAT 2000 series satellite to the United
Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space which can be viewed at
the United Nations Office in Vienna, Austria. The OPSAT 2000 is a High
Resolution observation Satellite Series made by Israel Aerospace Industries.
Weighing only 300 kilograms, it is capable of identifying small objects from an
altitude of several hundred kilometers. The satellite is for civil uses in
agriculture, infrastructure analysis, transportation and natural disaster
public and private sectors are striving for innovation and technological
excellence in space research. One of the five main objectives of Israel's
National Civil Space Program is to position the State of Israel amongst the
five leading space faring nations. Israel's strategic vision is to reach this
objective through international cooperation. We will invest almost 50% of the
program's budget in international partnerships.
is already working closely with its partners in the United States and Europe in
the fields of earth monitoring, environmental monitoring, soil mapping and
other areas including Supernova Detection and Tracking, Light Weight
Satellites, Satellite Formation Flying, Micro Electrical Propulsion Systems,
Nano and Micro Satellites
this spirit, Israel invites other countries to cooperate with us. Together we
can realize the full potential of the peaceful use of outer space.
the words of Israel’s first astronaut Ilan Ramon:
outer space our whole world looks like one unit without borders. That is why I
call from up here – let us work for peace and for a better humankind.”
you, Mr. Chairman