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  • Writer's pictureOlga Nesterova

Slovenia Joins Artemis Accords in U.S.-Slovenia Strategic Dialogue

Slovenia, April 19, 2024 - In a significant step towards fostering international cooperation in space exploration, Slovenia officially became the 39th signatory to the Artemis Accords on April 19, 2024.

The signing ceremony took place in Ljubljana as part of the U.S.-Slovenia Strategic Dialogue, underscoring the shared commitment to advancing space exploration and collaboration.

The Artemis Accords, established in 2020 by the United States and seven other nations, provide a practical framework of principles guiding civil space exploration. State Secretary Matevž Frangež of the Ministry of the Economy, Tourism, and Sport represented Slovenia at the signing ceremony, with Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs James O’Brien in attendance.

The decision to join the Artemis Accords reaffirms Slovenia's dedication to promoting peaceful and sustainable exploration beyond Earth's atmosphere. It also highlights the close ties between Slovenia and the United States, grounded in shared democratic values and a mutual commitment to upholding the international rules-based order.

With Slovenia's accession, the Artemis Accords now boast a diverse coalition of 39 nations, including Angola, Argentina, Australia, and others, representing a global commitment to responsible space exploration.

Led by the Department of State and NASA, the United States continues to spearhead outreach and implementation efforts to advance the principles outlined in the Artemis Accords.

Slovenia's participation in the Artemis Accords not only strengthens bonds with existing signatories but also underscores its commitment to fostering innovation, cooperation, and peaceful exploration in the realm of space. As nations unite under common principles, the Artemis Accords pave the way for a collaborative and sustainable future in space exploration.

Source: U.S. Department Of Defense


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