The Hague Code of Conduct and Space

3 June 2019

On 3 June 2019, the FRS conducted a Side Event on the Hague Code of Conduct and Space, in the margins of the HCoC Annual Regular Meeting in Vienna.

AGENDA

WELCOMING REMARKS 

  • Mr Alexandre HOUDAYER, Secretary General, FRS
  • Mr Georgios KRITIKOS, Deputy Head of Division, Disarmament, Non-proliferation and Arms Export Control, European External Action Service

 

I/ PRIORITIES FOR THE HCoC & APPLICATION IN THE FIELD OF SPACE

PRESENTERS: 

  • Amb. Ann-Sofie NILSSON, Ambassador for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sweden, Outgoing HCoC Chair
  • Amb. Kjersti Ertresvaag ANDERSEN, Ambassador of Norway to Austria, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway, Incoming HCoC Chair

II/ HCoC & SPACE: EVOLUTIONS & CHALLENGES OF CONFIDENCE-BUILDING MEASURES IN THE FIELD OF SPACE 

PRESENTERS:

  • Ms Carine CLAEYS, Acting Special Envoy for Space and Head of the EEAS Space Task Force, European External Action Service
  • Mr Niklas HEDMAN, Chief, Committee Services and Research Section, Office for Outer Space Affairs, United Nations Office
  • Mr Paul WOHRER, Research Fellow, FRS

 

KEY ISSUES:

  • The HCoC and space
  • Evolution in space technologies and their impact on an instrument like the HCoC
  • Confidence building measures and the peaceful use of space
Research Papers

Limiting the proliferation of WMD means of delivery: a low-profile approach to bypass diplomatic deadlocks

Since the creation of the HCoC in 2002, the need for more collective commitment and action to fight the proliferation of ballistic missiles has certainly not decreased. The destabilizing nature of these weapons has not changed. Non-proliferation is just less about keeping the world stable and more about not adding a risk factor to an uncertain future. The HCoC was and remains a response to that need, but certainly not the end of the quest for improvement.

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Research Papers

The use of the existing WMD free zones as an exemple and a potential Framework for further initiatives banning ballistic missiles

Taken as a wide-ranging notion, weapons of mass destruction (WMD) have not produced significant instruments in international security over time, UNSCR1540 being an exception. As such, there are no existing WMD free zones (WMDFZ) which can be used as examples and as potential frameworks for further initiatives banning ballistic missiles.

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Research Papers

Ballistic missiles and conventional strike weapons: Adapting the HCoC to address the dissemination of conventional ballistic missiles

The Hague Code of Conduct aims at curbing the proliferation of missiles capable of carrying weapons of mass destruction. Today, with an important increase in ranges, these weapons are more and more used for a conventional mission, by a variety of states. This dissemination illustrates the fact that many stakeholders master the technologies necessary to build and sustain these weapons. But it also raises questions on the possible destabilising effects of these arsenals, even when they are not linked to WMDs.

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