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UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM)


The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) established the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) in July 2011 (ECOSOC resolution 2011/24) as the official UN consultative mechanism on GGIM.

The main objectives of the UN Committee are to provide a forum for coordination and dialogue among Member States, and between Member States and relevant international organizations and to propose work-plans and guidelines with a view to promoting common principles, policies, methods, mechanisms and standards for the interoperability and inter-changeability of geospatial data and services.

The terms of reference approved by ECOSOC call upon Member States to designate experts with specific knowledge drawn from the interrelated fields of surveying, geography, cartography and mapping, remote sensing, land/sea and geographic information systems and environmental protection. The Committee also comprises experts from international organizations, who serve as observers.

ECOSOC resolution 2011/24 (in all six official languages)
- Arabic - Chinese - English - French - Russian - Spanish

Terms of Reference (in all six official languages)
- Arabic - Chinese - English - French - Russian - Spanish

FOURTH session OF THE UNITED NATIONS COMMITTEE OF EXPERTS ON GLOBAL GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION MANAGEMENT, NEW YORK (2014)


The Fourth Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) was held from 6-8 August 2014 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Preceded by a UN Global Forum on the Integration of Statistical and Geospatial Information and a number of technical side events, the Fourth Session of UN-GGIM brought together senior executives from national geospatial information and statistical authorities within Member States, and international geospatial experts from across the globe.

With more than 280 participants from 87 countries, 17 international organisations, 11 UN bodies, and 31 private sector/non-goverment entities, the discussions and outcomes further recognised and determined the critical role of geospatial information management and the need for strengthened collaboration and joined initiatives, to advance the development and use of geospatial data and tools to support sustainable development and related global agendas.

Opening statements
Documents
Other documents
SIDE EVENTS
UN Global Forum on the Integration of Statistical and Geospatial Information
COUNTRY REPORTS
MEETING DOCUMENTS

THIRD SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS COMMITTEE OF EXPERTS ON GLOBAL GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION MANAGEMENT, united kingdom (2013)


The Third Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) was held from 24-26 July 2013 at the Corn Exchange Building, Cambridge City Centre, United Kingdom.

Bringing together more than 250 geospatial experts from across the globe, the Third Session of UN-GGIM was convened back-to-back with the Cambridge Conference, and made considerable progress in fulfilling GGIM’s mandate to enhance collaboration and support the use of geospatial information to promote sustainable development globally.

For additional information on the Cambridge Conference you may visit http://www.cambridgeconference.com/conference_2013/.

Documents
SIDE EVENTS
MEETING DOCUMENTS

SECOND SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS COMMITTEE OF EXPERTS ON GLOBAL GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION MANAGEMENT, New York (2012)


The Second Session of the Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management was held at UN (New York) from 13 - 15 August 2012.
Interpretation in all six languages was provided.

OPENING STATEMENTS
Press Release
MEETING DOCUMENTS

INAUGURAL SESSION (2011)


The Inaugural meeting brought together 350 experts from 90 countries, 22 United Nations representatives and 37 representatives from international organisations and the private sector.

The Forum was opened by Prime Minister Kim Hwang-Sik of the Republic of Korea, United Nations Under-Secretary-General Mr. Sha Zukang, and Prof. Cartwright, President of the Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies.

The Forum began with a Ministerial Segment with Ministers from eight countries ( Korea, Chile, Finland, India, Malaysia, Mongolia, Namibia, Niger). They all endorsed the important role of geospatial information in policy formulation and evidence-based decision making for national development.

The Terms of Reference of the Committee of Experts was adopted, the Rules of Procedure of the Committee were reviewed, its contribution to Rio+20 was discussed as well as an inventory of critical issues to be addressed by the Committee for future sessions.

Discussed were the importance of collaboration among Member States in developing common frameworks, tools and procedures, the need to share best practices on the impact and usefulness of well implemented national spatial data infrastructures. It was also recognized that the geospatial industry is a key partner in global geospatial information community and noted the importance of continuing the dialogue between governments and industry under the umbrella of UN-GGIM.

The Seoul Declaration was adopted at the end of the Forum.

 
List of documents
* These papers were not subject to formal editing and were distributed in the language received as conference room papers.

Scoping papers

By countries
  • Australia - Scoping Paper for the Proposed United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geographic Information Management - English
  • Brazil - Data Integration - English
  • Burkina Faso - Capacity Building and Technology Transfer for Global Geographical Information Management - English | French
  • Japan - Scoping Paper for the Proposed United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geographic Information Management - English
  • Republic of Korea - Reflections on the critical issues in Global Geographical Information Management - English
By organizations
GSDI
Global Mapping
EUROGI
ISO/TC 211
UNGEGN