September 16, 2019
 In 2023-Militarization of Outer Space

Country: Cuba
Delegate Name: Jack Doyle

Committee: DISEC
Topic: Militarization of Outer Space
Country: Cuba
Delegate: Jack Doyle, FH Northern HS

Mankind’s aspiration to explore outer space has been evident since the first ever satellite, Sputnik, was launched in 1957, and with the surge of new technology, humanity’s desire to control outer space has grown as well. Yet despite various attempts to institute regulations and directives, the guidelines for the militarization or prevention of it in space remain vague. Even with The Outer Space Treaty of 1967, many aspects of the exploration of outer space and what it means to prevent militarization are left unclear and could be specified and expanded upon.
In 1967, Cuba ratified the Outer Space Treaty. Cuba acknowledged then and acknowledges now that the only way to avoid the calamity that would be an arms race in outer space is its demilitarization or prevention of militarization. Since the approval of the Outer Space Treaty, Cuba has strongly voiced its approval of and full commitment to the prevention of an arms race and has denounced the possibility of war materials in space.
Cuba believes that the militarization of outer space would be one of the major threats to the future of the human species. To prevent disasters such as an arms race, more direct guidelines must be put in place, not only defining militarization but taking measures to prevent it as well. The future of space activities largely relies on the strengthening of legal regimes regulating war materials in space. For the common interest of all mankind, we must make progress in ensuring that the exploration and study of outer space remain peaceful and beneficial to all states. Cuba intends to fortify the regulations around preventing an arms race in outer space while refraining from undermining the sovereignty of any state and or its peaceful purposes in outer space.