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 will mark 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.
The international community seeks to balance access to the benefits of the exploration and peaceful use of outer space with the need to preserve and protect the outer space environment for future generations. A Working Group of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee is devoted to this theme.
The Dubai Declaration is the outcome of a first High Level Forum in 2016 in which representatives from the global space community discussed how space science and technology can support global sustainable development efforts. In the Declaration they have underscored the need for stronger international cooperation in outer space activities.