Convention on Registration of Objects Launched into Outer Space

General Detail

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: New York, USA
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 15/09/1976

Category

Transport and telecommunications

Sub category

Space

Groups

UNS

What is it about?

This Convention implements the principles set forth in the 1967 Treaty governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and other Celestial Bodies. It provides for the registration of objects launched into outer space through entry into a national registry administrated by launching States. Each launching State has to inform the Secretary General of the United Nations on space objects carried on its registry and launched into space. This obligation to inform implies all stages from the moment of launching until the object exits the earth orbit.

Why is it relevant?

By April 2004, the 1974 Convention was signed by 45 States, resulting in reporting on about 4900 objects, including space debris and satellites out of use. The Convention has a limited impact as not all States with space activities have signed it and those that have do not declare all objects launched.

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Country ratifications
CountryRatification date
Algeria09/03/2007
Antigua and Barbuda13/12/1988
Argentina05/05/1993
Australia11/03/1986
Austria06/03/1980
Belarus26/01/1978
Belgium24/02/1977
Brazil17/03/2006
Bulgaria11/06/1977
Canada04/08/1976
Chile17/09/1981
China12/12/1988
Colombia10/01/2014
Costa Rica14/10/2010
Cuba10/04/1978
Cyprus06/07/1978
Czech Republic22/02/1993
Democratic People's Republic of Korea10/03/2009
Denmark01/04/1977
France17/12/1975
Germany16/10/1979
Greece27/05/1993
Hungary26/10/1977
India18/01/1982
Indonesia16/07/1997
Italy08/12/2005
Japan20/06/1983
Kazakhstan11/01/2001
Kuwait28/04/2014
Lebanon12/04/2006
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya08/01/2010
Liechtenstein26/02/1999
Lithuania08/03/2013
Mexico01/03/1977
Mongolia10/04/1985
Montenegro23/10/2006
Morocco19/09/2012
Netherlands26/01/1981
Niger22/12/1976
Nigeria06/07/2009
Norway28/06/1995
Pakistan27/02/1986
Peru21/03/1979
Poland22/11/1978
Qatar14/03/2012
Republic of Korea14/10/1981
Russian Federation13/01/1978
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines27/04/1999
Saudi Arabia18/07/2012
Serbia12/03/2001
Seychelles28/12/1977
Slovakia28/05/1993
South Africa27/01/2012
Spain20/12/1978
Sweden09/06/1976
Switzerland15/02/1978
Turkey21/06/2006
Ukraine14/09/1977
United Arab Emirates07/11/2000
United Kingdom30/03/1978
United States of America15/09/1976
Uruguay18/08/1977
Treaties analysis
YearRatifications
19751
19764
19779
19788
19792
19801
19813
19821
19831
19851
19862
19884
19934
19951
19971
19992
20001
20012
20051
20064
20071
20092
20102
20124
20131
20142
Total65
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