The United Nations General Assembly First Committee (DISEC) deals with disarmament, global challenges and threats to peace that affect the international community and seeks out solutions to the challenges in the international security regime. It considers all disarmament and international security matters within the scope of the Charter or relating to the powers and functions of any other organ of the United Nations; the general principles of cooperation in the maintenance of international peace and security, as well as principles governing disarmament and the regulation of armaments; promotion of cooperative arrangements and measures aimed at strengthening stability through lower levels of armaments.
Since the implosion of the Soviet Union, the space race slowed down and the militarisation of space was no more an issue on the political agenda. With the recent announcement of President Trump, to create a “space force” and French ambitions for a “space high command” this has dramatically changed. While attacks on the death-star remain unlikely, it is inevitable for the United Nations to deal with the threats of shifting global conflicts to the orbit. During the Black Forest Summit 2019, the Disarmament and Security Committee (DISEC) will debate on issues related to the emerging military space race to ensure the peaceful exploration and use of outer space.