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Nigeria, Rwanda sign Artemis Accords

The U.S. Mission to Nigeria yesterday said it welcomes Nigeria’s signing of the Artemis Accords , a multinational set of principles, guidelines and best practices that provide a common framework for responsible, transparent, safe, and sustainable civil space exploration.

Nigeria joined Rwanda in becoming the first African nations to sign the Accords, the Mission said in a statement issued in Abuja.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, was said to have signed on behalf of the Nigerian Government December 13 during the U.S. Africa Leaders’ Summit, which ends today in Washington D.C.

Pantami was quoted as saying: “We hope this Accord will bring benefits not only to Nigeria as a country but to all countries in Africa.” 

The Accords help to facilitate a safe and transparent environment for exploration, science, and commercial activities for all of humanity to enjoy, supported by countries and private sector players.

Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Monica Medina, spoke on behalf of the U.S. Government.

Medina said: “As we enter this new era in space development, it’s important to remember the tangible benefits that space partnership can deliver for our citizens and that African nations are not just recipients of those benefits, but active participants and partners in the exploration and use of space.”

The statement noted that the Artemis Accords is grounded in the Outer Space Treaty of 1967, and establishes a shared vision through a set of practical principles for transparent, safe and sustainable civil space exploration and use, launched by eight nations on October 13, 2020.

“The Accords help to facilitate a safe and transparent environment for exploration, science, and commercial activities for all of humanity to enjoy, supported by countries and private sector players,” it said.

It identified key principles of the Artemis Accords to include interoperability of systems, providing emergency assistance to astronauts in distress, and registration of space objects to create a safe environment.

Others are developing a plan for mitigating orbital debris and retired space craft, deconfliction of activities, and the public release of scientific data to ensure the entire world can benefit from the Artemis journey of exploration and discovery.

In addition to Nigeria, 22 countries have now signed the Accords: Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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