Israel joins UN space committee bureau

Israeli elected to bureau of UN’s Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. Danon: Israel can succeed in all roles.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Danny Danon
Danny Danon
Yoni Kempinski

Following a vote in the United Nations General Assembly Fourth Committee, an Israeli representative was elected on Tuesday to the bureau of the UN’s Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS).

Israel’s adversaries led efforts to thwart the representative’s election despite the fact that she had been selected by the Western European and Others (WEOG) regional group as their candidate for the position.

After a vote was called, Canada, the United States and others led efforts to ensure a fair and unbiased process in the Committee. Together with Israeli diplomatic efforts, this ensured that Israel succeeded in securing the necessary votes and the motion passed.

In addition to Israel, Brazil, Mexico, Poland, South Africa and Indonesia were also elected to the COPUOS bureau. Keren Shahar, the Director of the Treaties Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will serve as Israel’s representative on the bureau.

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, welcomed the results of the vote.

“We have proven once again that Israel can succeed in all roles as we spearhead positive new initiatives as an equal partner in the UN. We will continue to stand strong against attempts to harm Israel in the international arena,” said Danon.

OPUOS is charged by the UN with governing the exploration and use of space for the benefit of all humanity, reviewing international cooperation in peaceful uses of outer space, encouraging space research, and studying legal problems arising from the exploration of outer space. Israel joined the 84-member organization in 2015.

Danon himself recently began serving as a Vice President of the General Assembly, and presided over a General Assembly session for the first time in September when Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the UN.

Israel has secured several victories in the usually hostile halls of the UN over the last few years.

In November of 2016, the UN approved an Israeli-sponsored resolution focusing on international innovation and development, despite attempts by Arab member states to stop it.

A year earlier, the global body adopted an Israeli resolution on utilizing agricultural technology for sustainable development. This resolution, too, passed despite attempts by Arab states to block it.