Space Preservation Treaty

The Space Preservation Treaty (SPT) is a proposed international treaty to ban space weapons in whole, an expansion on part of the Outer Space Treaty, which bars States Parties to the Treaty from placing nuclear weapons or any other weapons of mass destruction in orbit of Earth, installing them on the Moon or any other celestial body, or to otherwise station them in outer space. The Treaty would establish a peacekeeping agency to monitor outer space and enforce the ban on space-based weapons. Its companion, the Space Preservation Act, was introduced for the fourth time to the United States House of Representatives by Congressman Dennis Kucinich on May 18 2005.

History

The Institute for Cooperation in Space, co-founded by Dr. Carol Rosin and Alfred Webre, initiated the Treaty. It has received support from over 274 NGOs and from various Canadian politicians, including Hon. Paul Hellyer, a former Minister of Defense, and Svend Robinson, a former Member of Parliament.

The United Kingdom government believed outer space controls were linked to ground based proliferation issues, and progress would be easier if each issue was approached separately on its merit rather than taking a comprehensive approach. The Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty is an appropriate next step. [ [http://www2.unog.ch/news2/documents/newsen/dc04033e.htm] ]

It should also be noted that no country has yet signed the Treaty, only the City of Berkeley and a few municipalities in Canada. [ [http://www.pgs.ca/updir/03-1212__PGS__TP-5__04_03.pdf?slashSess=528b92a453fb759967a1cc68053eef9c&slashSess=24756e7ce2f60ff9503f98e22a8d9b04] ] At the end of Telegraph Avenue on the University of California, Berkeley Campus there is a "space-based weapons-free zone". [ [http://scienceforpeace.sa.utoronto.ca/Essays_Briefs/Birkett/Birkett-Vision.html] ]

See also

* Outer Space Treaty
* Space Preservation Act of 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2005

References

External links

* [http://www.peaceinspace.com/ab_kucinich.shtml Congressman Kucinich introduces Space Preservation Act to Congress]
* [http://cndyorks.gn.apc.org/yspace/articles/canada8.htm Canada seeking new treaty on space weapons]
* [http://www.cpcml.ca/tmld/D33116.htm#6 Hon. Paul Hellyer supports a ban on space weapons]
* [http://www.parl.gc.ca/37/2/parlbus/chambus/house/debates/061_2003-02-17/han061_1520-E.htm Svend Robinson, former Canadian MP, supports the Space Preservation Treaty]
* [http://www.globenet.free-online.co.uk/articles/kucinichsupport.htm Support for the Space Preservation Treaty by 274 NGO's]
* [http://www.unog.ch/news2/documents/newsen/dc04033e.htm China & Russia on banning space weapons]


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