September 16, 2019
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 In 2023-Militarization of Outer Space

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Country: Spain
Delegate Name: Luci Perez-Simons

The Kingdom of Spain recognizes that the militarization of outer space may be necessary to explore further what lies outside Earth. Still, the Kingdom of Spain wants to do all it can to prevent the weaponization of outer space. Many nations have fought over who should be in power in outer space, with dates going back to post-World War II. The main issues facing the DISEC committee today are: how to define militarization in outer space, defining what makes a weapon in outer space, and making sure nations communicate when it comes to militarizing outer space.

The Kingdom of Spain has dappled very little in outer space. Mainly, the Kingdom of Spain has played a large role in signing various treaties about the militarization of outer space, such as the Outer Space Treaty (1967), which “forbids countries from deploying “nuclear weapons or any other kinds of weapons of mass destruction” in outer space” (armscontrol.org). Additionally, the Kingdom of Spain has ratified the Registration Convention. Overall, the Kingdom of Spain wants to prevent the weaponization of outer space but is open to discussing how and what the definition of militarization is.

As for the Kingdom of Spain, since we are a very neutral country when it comes to the militarization of outer space, we are open to various proposals, such as the PPWT proposal, favored heavily by China and Russia. This proposal would prevent placing any weapons in outer space, and stop resorting to to threats in outer space. As the Kingdom of Spain, we recognize that this proposal will promote peace in outer space, something that will favor all countries. On the contrary, the Kingdom of Spain also promotes cleaning up debris if that is deemed necessary by the committee, but the Kingdom of Spain wants to focus more on the militarization aspect of outer space.

Ultimately, the Kingdom of Spain wants to promote communication between nations regarding the militarization of outer space. We would like to consider promoting peace by stopping more weapons from being added into space, and focusing more on early warning systems (tell if a nuclear weapon is coming) as well as satellites. The Kingdom of Spain reaffirms that outer space is used peacefully.

Works Cited
https://www.armscontrol.org/factsheets/outerspace#:~:text=The%201967%20Outer%20Space%20Treaty,treaty%20entered%20into%20force%20Oct.

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