HCoC Issue Brief – June 2021
By Lauriane Héau & Emmanuelle Maitre
Caribbean states have regularly joined the HCoC since its adoption in 2002, showing a steady interest in the Code. But despite this, the current level of subscription remains low, with half of the 16 Caribbean states having signed it.
The low subscription rate is partly explained by concerns about possible administrative costs and a low priority granted to missile proliferation issues. However, the Caribbean – as an important transit and financial hub, that has difficulties curbing illegal trafficking of arms and assets, and given the importance of a secure access to space data – would benefit from an enhanced focus on the HCoC. The limited commitments of the Code can be attractive for states with limited resources but a political will to show their support to global non-proliferation efforts.