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The Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management as per its terms of reference (Annexed to the Economic and Social Council resolution 2011/24 of 27 July 2011) is mandated to provide a forum for coordination and dialogue among Member States, and between Member States and relevant international organizations on enhanced cooperation in the field of global geospatial information. Given this mandate, noting that the 2030 Agenda calls for stronger public-private partnerships in order for new data sources and technologies to be harnessed, and in recognition of the valuable contributions to the work, growth and development of the Committee and the commitment to Member States provided by international organisations, academia and the private sector, the Committee at its 6th Session in August 2016, E/2016/46, E/C.20/2016/15, decision 6/101 agreed to the establishment of the Academic Network and the Private Sector Network.

1. ACADEMIC Network

The UN-GGIM Academic Network is a coalition of recognized universities and research and education centers involved in research, development and education on geospatial, land information and related matters, run on a volunteer basis. Its primary objective is to support the aims and objectives of Committee of Experts by facilitating access globally to research and education capabilities for UN-GGIM and its affiliated members in order to identify and respond to challenges and opportunities for UN-GGIM and related UN offices.

Executive Body

  • Chair : Prof. Abbas Rajabifard Head,
    Director, Centre for SDIs and Land Administration &
    Head, Department of Infrastructure Engineering
    The University of Melbourne, Australia

  • Secretary : Prof. Daniel Paez
    University of Los Andes, Colombia

  • Advisory Board :
    Prof. Huayi Wu, Wuhan University, China
    Prof. Joep Crompvoets, KU Leuven, Belgium
    Prof. David Coleman, University of New Brunswick, Canada
    Prof. Harlan Onsrud, University of Maine, USA
    Prof. Menno-Jan Kraak, University of Twente, Netherlands
    Prof. Josef Strobl, University of Salzburg, Austria
    Prof. Maria Antonia Brovelli, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
    Prof. Jide Kufoniyi, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

  • Website : http://unggim.academicnetwork.org/

  • Brochure: How to join?

2. UN-GGIM: Geospatial Societies’ (UN-GGIM GS)

The UN-GGIM: Geospatial Societies is a coalition of the Presidents, Secretaries-General or equivalent office bearers or their nominees that lead recognized international organizations involved in the coordination, development, management, standardization or regulation of geospatial information and related matters.

Executive Body

  • Chair : Mr. Dave Lovell OBE, FRGS, CGeog

  • Members :
    i. Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Association
    ii. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS)
    iii. International Association of Geodesy (IAG)
    iv. International Cartographic Association (ICA)
    v. International Federation of Surveyors (FIG)
    vi. International Geographical Union (IGU)
    vii. International Hydrographic Organization (IHO)
    viii. International Map Industry Association (IMIA)
    ix. International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS)

  • Website: https://www.fig.net/jbgis/


Executive Body

  • Chair: Mr. Sanjay Kumar
    GIS Development Geospatial Media and Communications Pvt. Ltd.

  • Members:

  • Focal Points/Liaison for UN-GGIM work items

  • Webpage: