On Thursday 7 August 2014, during the fourth session of the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information, Mr. Duane Miller, GIS Technician from the Bahamas National GIS Centre presented the Director of the Statistic Division with responsibility for Global Geospatial Information Management, Mr. Stefan Schweinfest with a collection of commemorative stamps that depict the use of geospatial information and technologies in the Bahamas.
On 6 May 2014, at the United Nations headquarters in New York, under the auspices of the Permanent Missions of Australia, France, Jamaica and Norway, members of the Global Geodetic Reference Frame Working Group delivered a group presentation on geospatial information technologies and the importance of the global geodetic reference frame, to a gathering of United Nations Mission representatives.
Presentation on UN-Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM): Legal and Policy Challenges (Greg Scott, GGIM Secretariat and Statistics Division).Video
Presentation on the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management initiative (Prof. Paul Cheung, Director, GGIM Secretariat and Statistics Division)
Presentation on Polygons, Matrices, and the Future of Information Integration: Perspectives from the United Nations (Prof. Paul Cheung, Director, GGIM Secretariat and Statistics Division)
Opening Statement (Prof. Paul Cheung, Director, GGIM Secretariat and Statistics Division)
UNGGIM and the Geospatial Industry: Working Together to Advance a Global Agenda (Presentation by Prof. Paul Cheung in Plenary Session 1: Geospatial Industry: Empowering Billion+ People)
Opening Speech (Prof. Paul Cheung, Director, GGIM Secretariat and Statistics Division)
Ministerial Closing Speech (Yang Berhormat Dato Sri Douglas Uggah Embas, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Malaysia)
11 August 2011 - Africa Preparatory GGIM Meeting Adopts the Addis Ababa declaration
8 August 2011 - The African Regional Preparatory meeting of the Global Geospatial Information Management Initiative opened today at the UN Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa. The three-day meeting – attended by experts from African countries and from international organizations – will assess the key challenges, opportunities and constraints relating to geospatial information management in Africa; develop a common vision, approach and contribution for the Africa region; and define an African broad plan of action for the initiative future activities.
28 July 2011 -- The ECOSOC approved yesterday the establishment of a Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management to “provide a forum for coordination and dialogue among Member States, and between Member States and relevant international organizations.”
The Committee will comprise experts from all Member States, as well as experts from international organizations. It will meet at least once a year and will be serviced by the UN Statistics Division and the UN Cartographic Section.
In order to promote dialogue with all relevant actors and bodies, the resolution also encourages Member States “to hold regular high-level, multi-stakeholder discussions on global geospatial information, including through the convening of global forums.”
It also “emphasizes the importance of promoting national, regional and global efforts to foster the exchange of knowledge and expertise, to assist developing countries in building and strengthening national capacities in this field”.
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