The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs Director, Simonetta Di Pippo, leads the Office in implementing its unique mandate within the UN Secretariat to promote international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space.
UNOOSA has worked on NEOs for many years, recognising the potential devastation that an impact can cause and the resources that will be required to prevent such a collision. In 1995, the Office organized the United Nations International Conference on Near-Earth Objects in New York.
Only 1,200 of the 19,000 objects presently being tracked in Earth orbit are functional satellites. The remaining objects are "space debris" and, since 1994, UNOOSA has actively promoted international measures to prevent and minimize their creation.
Tenth Meeting of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) hosted by the Government of the United States of America in Boulder, Colorado, 1 - 6 November 2015. The meeting is being organized by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) on behalf of the United States Department of State.