Why share benefits?
Within the next ten years, more than 100 lunar missions are planned to occur, governmental and non-governmental. Whilst acknowledging the outstanding achievements this return to the Moon can promote in many areas, we also recall that not every nation will be involved, and there are no guarantees that all humanity will benefit from this new era of space exploration.
International Space Law is based on the general recognition that the use and exploration of outer space shall be the province of humankind, and shall be carried out for the benefit and in the interests of all countries, irrespective of their degree of economic or scientific development.
The BSP believes that establishing mechanisms for an equitable sharing of benefits is a path to advance in the use and exploration of the Moon ensuring that the interests of all humanity are not only contemplated but decisively addressed, while encouraging the development of lunar activities by those who already have the capabilities to begin this journey but may lack incentives for behavior better than required.