The Working Group on the Use of Nuclear Power Sources in Outer Space was established under The United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space which is a sub-committee under the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs whose main task is to review and foster international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space, as well as to consider legal issues arising from the exploration of outer space.
The Working Group has a long record of productive work under matters under its consideration. In 2009, the Working Group developed, jointly with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Safety Framework for Nuclear Power Source Applications in Outer Space. The Working Group is working under the objectives of its multi-year work plan which are:-
I. To promote and facilitate the implementation of the Safety Framework for Nuclear Power Source Applications in Outer Space;
II. To identify any technical topics for, and establish the objectives, scope and
attributes of, any potential additional work.
Agenda: "Deliberating on the potential enhancements of the technical content and scope of the Principles of the Use of Nuclear Power Sources in Outer Space.