Where/When: National Space Society (NSS) yearly conference (ISDC- International Space Development Conference) at US locations- this year
Washington, D.C. in June 6-8 2019.
Title: The spUN Debates -
"Space Policy and Universalization Debates"
Space policy and good governance are tenets of the NSS. Universalization is, in effect, good governance. Space policy and good governance are also found under out SpacEdge Centers for Excellence, a collaboration center
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And, yes, UN is capitalized! The United Nations (UNOOSA) also has an interest in space law/policy.
Theme of debates: how to govern space settlements
Debate topics examples: This year you may find Resolutions on:
· the development of space policy across all sectors (economic, social, health, environment)
· the players in space (countries, companies, entrepreneurs, citizens)
· the representation of an inclusion of people in space policy (nationality, economically, culturally, race, gender, etc.)
· the military aspect of space settlement and development
· implications of space policy and development on the governance of Earth
The development of topics is will be expanded throughout the life of these yearly debates.
The Actual Debate Resolutions will be revealed to the debaters upon their selection.
Who Debates: Students from around the world ages 10 – 18
Debate topics or resolutions are published prior to the conference. Debaters will be announced in March. Debater team assignments are announced , students start preparation at home and the teams finally prepare their debates at the conference. The finalists and winners are announced at the ISDC.
UNOOSA- UN Office of Outer Space Affairs:
Space law can be described as the body of law governing space-related activities. Space law, much like general international law, comprises a variety of international agreements, treaties, conventions, and United Nations General Assembly resolutions, etc.
The term "space law" is most often associated with the rules, principles and standards of international law governing outer space which have been developed under the auspices of the United Nations.
Space law addresses a variety of matters, such as, for example, the preservation of the space and Earth environment, liability for damages caused by space objects, the settlement of disputes, the rescue of astronauts, the sharing of information about potential dangers in outer space, the use of space-related technologies, and international cooperation. A number of fundamental principles guide the conduct of space activities, including the notion of space as the province of all humankind, the freedom of exploration and use of outer space by all states without discrimination, and the principle of non-appropriation of outer space.
Here’s a gist of Universalization-
Universalization as an incipient concept describing the next phase of human development, marking the transition from trans-national to interplanetary relations and much more aggressive exploitation of opportunities that lie beyond the confines of Earth. As both a process and an end state, universalization implies an increasingly pervasive, abiding and singular human focus not only on global issues per se but on social, technological, economic and cultural challenges and opportunities extending into our solar system, our galaxy, and well beyond, where cooperation supersedes conflict negotiation. Its origins are associated with the incipient expansion of social, economic, and political relationships that have emerged in the wake of globalization and that increasingly define the planet, its place within the broader universe and the sustainability of humanity and our diversity.
Universalization is a synonym to “Bringing People Together.” It is a major symbol of Humanity. It means to bring 7.2 billion different people from 196 countries speaking over 4500 recognized languages, following more than 4200 religions come together in harmony. To universalize doesn’t mean that everyone gives up their personal opinions and follows a single opinion; rather it is the acceptance and encouragement of everyone’s opinion without causing any harm to anybody.
There is no one above us no one below us we all are same. We all are humans.
Ancient Sanskrit sacred text, Mahopanishad, refers to universalization as ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, which translates to ‘the world is one family’.