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.
The year 2018 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the first UNISPACE conference, held in Vienna in 1968. COPOUS decided in June 2015 to use this milestone anniversary to renew and strengthen its mandate as a unique platform for interrelationship between major space faring nations and emerging space nations, supported by UNOOSA.
Given the global consequences of a near-Earth object (NEO) impact and the considerable resources required to prevent a collision, UNOOSA has been involved in the international discourse and dialogue on the topic of NEOs, raising awareness and promoting global cooperation.
The International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) has established an interoperable GNSS space service volume (SSV) that, by exploiting the interoperability between global navigation constellations, makes it possible to achieve very close to 100 per cent GNSS signal availability at high altitudes.