Overview

By its resolution 77/250 of 30 December 2022, the General Assembly:

Decides to convene, beginning in 2023, a United Nations Group of Governmental Experts, with a membership of up to 25 Member States, chosen on the basis of fair and equitable geographical representation, to consider and make recommendations on substantial elements of an international legally binding instrument on the prevention of an arms race in outer space, including, inter alia, on the prevention of the placement of weapons in outer space;

Also decides that the newly established Group of Governmental Experts will operate by consensus, without prejudice to national positions in future negotiations, and hold two 2-week sessions in Geneva, one in 2023 and the other in 2024, and further decides that the Chair organize, in New York, a two-day open-ended intersessional informal consultative meeting, in 2024, so that all Member States can engage in interactive discussions and share their views on the basis of a report on the work of the Group to be provided by the Chair in their own capacity;

Upon the invitation of the Secretary-General, the following Member States have nominated experts to participate in the work of the Group: Australia; Brazil; Canada; Chile; China; Cuba; Egypt; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Iran (Islamic Republic of); Israel; Japan; Morocco; Pakistan; Philippines; Republic of Korea; Russian Federation; South Africa; Sweden; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom; United States.

Open-ended intersessional informal consultative meeting

Pursuant to paragraph 10 of resolution 77/250, a two-day open-ended intersessional informal consultative meeting will take place from 29 February to 1 March 2024 at United Nations Headquarters in New York, in Conference Room 2.

The purpose of the informal consultative meeting is to allow all Member States to engage in interactive discussions and share their views on the basis of a report on the work of the Group to be provided by the Chair in his own capacity. The meeting will be held in public, in accordance with the rules and practice of the General Assembly.

Representatives of Member States, Permanent Observers, Intergovernmental Organizations and other Entities with a standing invitation to participate as Observers in the sessions and the work of the General Assembly and maintaining Permanent Offices at Headquarters, and non-governmental organizations who do not possess a valid ground pass for New York are requested to fill out a registration form for the meeting and submit it no later than 21 February 2024. You can find the application form here. Representatives of non-governmental organizations are kindly requested to provide a mission statement or summary of work of the organization.

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