The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) was established in 1958 to service the
Committee for the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). In the present evaluation report, the
Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) assessed the relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of
UNOOSA in its promotion of international cooperation in the exploration and peaceful uses of outer
space for economic, social and scientific development, in particular for the benefit of developing
countries.
UNOOSA is a small office with a unique mandate covering the full range of peaceful uses of outer
space. Its secretariat services to COPUOS and provision of technical advice and capacity building to
emerging- and non-space-faring nations were regarded positively by stakeholders. As interest in the
benefits of space science, technology and applications increased, demand for the Office’s technical
services outpaced its supply.

Agenda Item: Space technology for sustainable socioeconomic development