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UNECA’s Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 20-22 April 2016

The United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), in collaboration with the Government of Ethiopia and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), successfully convened the Fourth High Level Forum on United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management at UNECA’s Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 20-22 April 2016.

With the overarching theme ‘Good Land Governance for the 2030 Agenda’ the High Level Forum was opened by H.E. Dr. Mulatu Teshome, President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Bringing all stakeholders together, the Forum provided Member States and geospatial stakeholders with the unique opportunity to share and learn from each other, new ideas, methods and strategies to support local, regional and global land administration and management initiatives. It also raised political awareness and highlighted the importance to decision makers of the need for timely and fit for purpose land administration and management; facilitated coordination and dialogue among global experts from the land administration and geospatial communities to strengthen the use of geospatial information for good land governance; and collaborated with professional bodies and experts working in land governance, including United Nations bodies and other international organizations, to identify and address common issues of land management and governance in support of sustainable development.

The Forum began with a Ministerial Segment with Ministers sharing their views on the role of geospatial information management to support good land governance for the 2030 Agenda. Each of the sessions consisted of keynote presentations, panel presentations and discussion with the audience. Recognizing the importance of geospatial information in national and global development, participants issued the Addis Ababa Declaration at the conclusion of the Forum.

List of documents
OUTCOME OF THE FOURTH HIGH LEVEL FORUM on Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM)
Opening Ceremony
  • Moderator: Mr. Sultan Mohammad, Director General, Ethiopian National Mapping Agency and Chair, UN-GGIM: Africa
  • Remarks:
  • Opening Statement:
Ministerial Segment
  • Moderator: Mr. Tim Trainor, Co-Chair, UN-GGIM, USA
  • Keynote Ministerial Statement
Presentation Materials