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.
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/.
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.
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.