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  • Space Activities, Space Law and Sustainability

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    Dr. Sylvia Ospina, S. Ospina & Associates - Consultants, United States



    “Sustainability” has been the “in” word since 1987, when the World Commission on Environment and Development’s Brundtland Report formulated a definition of the term:  Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
    While this definition has become widely publicized, the term “sustainability” has many definitions and interpretations.   One question posed is: which definition(s) / interpretation(s) serve(s) the interests of the space community?  Another question that arises is how do space activities and space law contribute to “sustainability”, or vice versa: how does “sustainability” contribute to space law and activities? 
    This paper will examine some of the definitions of “sustainability”, and propose which of these definitions / interpretations could be applied to space activities, and to the development of sustainable space law. 
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