Marcel C. Arsenault and Cynda Collins Arsenault have also created the Secure World Foundation (SWF), which envisions the secure, sustainable and peaceful uses of outer space contributing to global stability and benefits on Earth. The mission for SWF is to work with governments, industry, international organizations and civil society to develop and promote ideas and actions to achieve the secure, sustainable and peaceful uses of outer space, benefiting Earth and all its peoples.
Since its inception, SWF has worked extensively with partners around the world and with the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), which focuses on the international cooperative governance of space activities and the UN First Committee, which focuses on issues related to international security and disarmament. SWF was granted permanent observer status to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) in June 2008. In December 2020, Secure World Foundation’s work to promote space sustainability was recognised by the leading space sector publication SpaceNews with the 2020 Space Stewardship Award. In March 2018, Cynda Collins Arsenault was honored with the Pathfinder Award at the WorldDenver International Women’s Day Gala, celebrating her achievements as president and co-founder of SWF as well as her personal philanthropy.
The current Executive Director of SWF is Dr Peter Martinez. Before becoming SWF Executive Director in 2018, Dr Martinez chaired the UN COPUOS Working Group on the Long-Term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities, which produced a set of 21 international consensus guidelines for space sustainability.