From the agenda for the UN COPUOS Scientific and Technical Subcommittee meeting (8-19 February 2010, United Nation Office at Vienna, Vienna International Center, Vienna, Austria). The section on NEOs follows:
12. Near-Earth objects
In paragraph 9 of its resolution 64/86, the General Assembly agreed that the Subcommittee should reconvene its Working Group on Near-Earth Objects.
The Working Group will continue the work begun during the intersessional period on drafting international procedures for handling the threat posed by near-Earth objects (NEOs) and seek agreement on those procedures, review progress on international cooperation and collaboration on NEO observations, and facilitate, for the purpose of NEO threat detection, a more robust international capability for the exchange, processing, archiving and dissemination of data.9 The Subcommittee will have before it a report containing information on research in the field of near-Earth objects carried out by member States, international organizations and other entities (A/AC.105/949). In addition, the fourth interim report of the Action Team on Near-Earth Objects will be made available to the Subcommittee.
Link: Scientific and Technical Subcommittee: 2010, Forty-seventh session, 8-19 February 2010.
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12 January 2010
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