Global Compact for Space Task Force

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The Office for Outer Space Affairs, the unique United Nations organization dealing with outer space, has long considered the private sector to be an integral partner in fulfilling its general mandate to promote the peaceful uses of outer space. Recognizing that the United Nations and the private sector can create together an enabling environment for innovation and progress, the Office for Outer Space Affairs will be working on the creation of a Global Compact for Space.

As enshrined in Sustainable Development Goal 17, the achievement of the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will depend on many different partnerships. The Office for Outer Space Affairs is eager to contribute to this approach through its unique expertise and focus on the space sector by setting up the global compact of space.

Multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology, and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, particularly in developing countries will prove to be essential in the realization of all Sustainable Development Goals.

The space sector as a whole is changing and moving towards building stronger partnerships, especially in private-public partnerships, with a view to developing innovative space solutions and activities for the benefit of humankind. Industry and private sector entities in space are therefore regarded as essential partners, opening the door to a new way of working.

In line with the groundwork already established through the United Nations Global Compact, which is focused on sustainability, the Office for Outer Space Affairs is working to establish a Global Compact for Space, focusing on the space niche and opening a forum where the space sector may partner with the Office on projects and activities in support of the internationally agreed development goals as well as in support of activities recommended by the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

IASL Global Compact for Space Task Force  ( IASL GCS TF) aims to promote these strategic public-private partnerships in space internationally by means of juridical investigations and space diplomacy.

Global Compact for Space (UNCOPUOS / Note by the Secretariat)

Dr. Poorvi Kantroo (India)
Lead Researcher / TF Chairperson

Head, Space Law & Policy, Aerospace, and Aviation Lawyers Association of India (AALAI).

Poorvi heads the space division at the Aerospace and Aviation Lawyers Association of India (AALAI). Before this, she directed the Space policy division at erstwhile Aryavarta Space Organization. She holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace and Defense Laws from the Centre for Aerospace & Defense Laws (CADL), NALSAR University, India. She also earned her LLM degree in Corporate Laws and Governance from NALSAR. She has a decade long relationship with CADL and served the center in various capacities such as Researcher, Module Instructor, Organizing Committee Manfred Lachs Moot Court, International Manfred Lachs Conferences. She was a Key Judge for recently conducted 1st APJ. Kalam Essay Competition. She was also selected by The International Institute of Space Law (IISL), Leiden, to judge at the prestigious Manfred Lachs Moot Courts Memorials 2016. She is an associate editor for the Indian Journal for Air and Space Law (IJASL), published by CADL, NALSAR.

Her endeavor as an academician and space lawyer is to be the fulcrum between the public and private sectors, enabling both sectors to flourish within the domain of Space law. She also advocates for binding agreements for space debris at an international level as space sustainability is at stake. Her areas of interest include space sustainability, Common but differentiated responsibility in Space, Legal aspects of space commercialization, and Corporate social responsibility in Space.

She firmly believes that cooperation, trust, and respect for everyone’s rights is the key to all diplomatic talks around outer Space.

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