New York, April 19, 2022 — “Following the historic meeting of March 30 between diplomats, members of governments, and leaders in the tourism and financial sectors, it is time for us to launch a broad consultation with lawyers specializing on international and space laws,” declared Daniel Turcotte, Director of the Project to build an Embassy to welcome an extraterrestrial civilization on earth.
”One of the important aspects that surfaced during this historic meeting was the need to have a solid legal framework to support such an ambitious project, which obviously goes off the beaten track,” explained Turcotte. ”No law exists to regulate possible relations with a civilization that is not terrestrial and this is the reason why we proposed to the United Nations and to the governments of the world, several years ago, an Optional Protocol to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (1961) to add an amendment that would include an extraterrestrial historic meeting of March 30 between diplomats, members of governments, and leaders in the tourism and financial sectors, it is time for us to launch a broad consultation with lawyers specializing on international and space laws civilization.
For the record, an official request was made to the United Nations in 2019 inviting them to consider the possibility of presenting and discussing the proposal for an Optional Protocol to the General Assembly or of organizing an international conference with the same objective. The response from the United Nations received in May 2019 encouraged us to continue our approach by presenting our request to the ambassadors of the member states, to whom the power to address requests to the General Assembly is conferred, which was done,” explained Turcotte.
”The involvement of lawyers specializing on international and space laws at this stage of the process aims to stimulate reflection, better understand the legal, political and diplomatic implications at the international level as well as to accelerate and facilitate this ambitious process: a first in the history of mankind. Even if it would be preferable for the United Nations to participate in this process, we believe that the time has come to discuss the legal aspect which is not only essential but necessary to achieve our goal,” continued Turcotte. The involvement of lawyers specializing on international and space laws in this case will also help to raise awareness among this community of professionals and the general public of the framework required to ensure the smooth running of the eventual arrival of an extraterrestrial civilization on earth.
This action will culminate with an online Forum slated to take place on December 13, 2022 at 10 A.M. New York time.