Side event on HCoC in the margins of the UNGA 1st Committee

16 October 2014

On 16 October 2014, the FRS organised a side event on behalf of the European Union in support of the Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (HCoC) in the margins of the UNGA First Committee in New York.

The event took the form of a dinner comprising speeches from the Permanent Representative of the EU to the United Nations Office in New York, the Head of Global Disarmament, Conventional Arms, Space (EEAS), the Secretary General of the Foundation for Strategic Research, the Deputy Permanent Representative of Peru to the United Nations Office in New York, HCoC Chair, followed by a general discussion.



  • Amb. Thomas MAYR-HARTING, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the UN



  • Adebayo BABAJIDE, Head of Sector, Global Disarmament, Conventional Arms, Space, European External Action Service
  • Alexandre HOUDAYER, Secretary General, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique



Issue Briefs

The HCoC and Space

The New Space trend – an ongoing innovative transformation of the space sector – has led to a rise of investment in small launch systems. While an increasing number of nations are gaining access to space, the number of private sector entities investing in this domain is also rising. Meanwhile, small space launch vehicles and ballistic missiles rely on increasingly similar technologies.

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The HCoC: relevance to African states

The Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (HCoC), which came into effect on 25 November 2002, aims to strengthen efforts to curb ballistic missile proliferation worldwide, thereby supplementing the Missile Technology Control Regime, which restricts access to technologies needed to develop such systems. Ballistic missiles are the favoured delivery vehicles for weapons of mass destruction and therefore have a destabilising effect on regional and global security.

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Issue Briefs

The HCoC and Northeast Asian States

A majority of Northeast Asian states currently possess or seek to acquire ballistic missiles, producing a missile race and an increase in the number of tests as states are developing their capabilities further. Proliferation risks also remain high, and it is noteworthy that only South Korea and Japan have joined the MTCR.

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