India opposes ‘weaponisation’ of outer space

Why in News?

India has voiced opposition to the “weaponisation” of outer space, at a session of the UN Disarmament Commission (UNDC).

 

FACTS FOR PRELIMS

New Agenda For Outer Space

A group of governmental experts on outer space, which will meet in Geneva in August later this year, has been mandated to make recommendations on the substantive elements of an international legally-binding instrument on the prevention of an arms race in outer space.

UN Disarmament Commission (UNDC)

The United Nations Disarmament Commission (UNDC) is a deliberative body and a subsidiary organ of the UN General Assembly which is mandated to consider and make recommendations on various disarmament-related issues and to follow up the relevant decisions and recommendations of the special sessions devoted to disarmament held so far.

The UN  Conference on Disarmament (CD)

It is not formally a United Nations (UN) organization. It is linked to the UN with a personal representation of the UN Secretary-General.

It is a forum established in 1979 by the international community to negotiate multilateral arms control and disarmament agreements. The conference has 65 members represent all areas of the world, including all known nuclear-weapon states (including India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea).

Currently, it conducts discussion on Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty (FMCT), a pact to prevent an arms race in outer space, nuclear disarmament and negative security assurances.

NOTE4STUDENTS-India has supported the proposal put forward by NAM for the Conference on Disarmament (CD) to commence negotiations on a comprehensive Nuclear Weapons Convention.

 

Source-The Indian Express.