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The legal subcommittee of the United Nations committee on the peaceful uses of outer space (UNCOPUOS) has discussed the definition and delimitation of outer space as an agenda item since 1967. Space debris is one of the central issues being discussed within the UNCOPUOS. There have also been other efforts to confront the issue at a wider international level but as yet there exists no binding international regulation either for alleviation of the hazards deriving from space debris or other environmental problems related to space activities. Nongovernmental actors with a long history in the space sector include international organizations of scientists and legal scholars, such as the International Council for Science (ICSU), International Astronomical Union (IAU), International Astronautical Federation (IAF), and International Institute of Space Law (IISL). This chapter presents an overview of how the other chapters of the book are organised.

Keywords:International Astronautical Federation (IAF); International Astronomical Union (IAU); International Council for Science (ICSU); International Institute of Space Law (IISL); space debris; UNCOPUOS



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