Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management

The Economic and Social Council on 27 July 2011 recognized the need to promote international cooperation in the field of global geospatial information and decided, in this regard, to established the Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (ECOSOC Resolution 2011/24). In the Terms of Reference, the Committee will comprise experts from all Member States, as well as experts from international organizations as observers.

On 27 July 2016, following a year-long consultative process on the comprehensive review of the work and operations of the Committee of Experts, ECOSOC adopted a resolution entitled “Strengthening institutional arrangements on geospatial information management” (Resolution 20126/27). The resolution broaden and strengthen the mandate of the Committee of Experts as the relevant body on geospatial information consisting of government experts, and to report on all matters relating to geography, geospatial information and related topics.

ECOSOC established the Committee of Experts as the apex intergovernmental mechanism for making joint decisions and setting directions with regard to the production, availability and application of geospatial information within national, regional and global policy frameworks. Led by Member States, the Committee aims to address global challenges regarding the use of geospatial information, including in the development agendas, and to serve as a body for global policymaking in the field of geospatial information management.

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