Share the Riches of Outer Space, Vatican Says

The Vatican is very much aware of the potential riches that may be found in human exploration of the universe. Last year Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, reminded world leaders that all people should share in these advances: Our responsibility is to ensure that the fruits of these advances also benefit the poor around the world. My delegation is fully aware of the constraints to a universal access to the beneficial uses of outer space, considering the huge investments put into explorations and questions related to intellectual property, patents etc. However, in a time when outer space has become a huge economic asset and hosts information and communication technologies, States must work together to ensure that these benefits do not become yet another cause of increasing economic and social inequalities, but rather a shared resource for the common good of the entire global community.

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