ERIC Number: ED220367
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Maintaining Peace in Outer Space. Conference on the United Nations of the Next Decade (17th, Cooperstown, NY, June 19-24, 1982).
Stanley Foundation, Muscatine, IA.
This is a report of a conference held to discuss maintaining peace in outer space. Nineteen space specialists participated in the conference. Topics discussed were recent technological developments, international cooperation for peaceful uses of outer space, prevention of weapons in space, and the future role of the United Nations. The report's conclusion states that the space age is moving away from the era of spectaculars. Although manned space flights still occur, the more routine applications of space technology to earth systems have a more direct effect on our lives. Similarly, the space age has moved from an era of seemingly insurmountable technical problems to a time when human, economic, and political issues may pose the greatest impediments to space progress. Chief among these is the lack of national will to assign high priority to managing space matters. Recommendations of the conference include the following: (1) Governments need to devote more resources to peaceful uses of space; (2) All nations need to assess their national needs and priorities regarding space; (3) Further study needs to be conducted of ways to apply advanced technology to basic needs; (4) United States-Soviet talks on antisatellite and other space weapons should be resumed; (5) Attempts should be made to reduce institutional rivalries, a problem that exists throughout the United Nations; and (6) Funding for the UN Secretariat's Outer Space Affairs Division (OSAD) should be increased. (RM)
Descriptors: Disarmament, Futures (of Society), Global Approach, International Relations, Peace, Space Exploration, Technological Advancement, World Problems
Stanley Foundation, 420 East Third Street, Muscatine, IA 52761 (free).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Stanley Foundation, Muscatine, IA.