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Seventh Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM)

31-07-2017  – 04-08-2017 New York

The Seventh Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) will be held from 31 July - 4 August 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Preceded by a number of related side events from 31 July - 1 August 2017, the Seventh Session of UN-GGIM ( 2-4 August 2017 ) will bring together senior officials and executives from national geospatial information and statistical authorities within Member States, and international geospatial experts from across the globe

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  • Chee Hai Teo, Tel.: +1 212 963 4904, E-mail: teo@un.org
  • Vilma Frani, Tel.: +1 917-367 2903, E-mail: frani@un.org

Sixth Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM)

01-08-2016  – 05-08-2016 New York

The Sixth Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) will be held from 1-5 August 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Bringing together senior executives from national geospatial information and statistical authorities within Member States, and international geospatial experts from across the globe, the formal session of the Committee of Experts will be convened from 3-5 August 2016. The session will be preceded by a number of related side events on 1-2 August 2016.

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29th Session of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN)

25-04-2016  – 29-04-2016 Bangkok

Cartographers, linguists, geographers and planners will meet for the 29th Session of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN) from 25-29 April, 2016 at ESCAP headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand to continue its work on encouraging and facilitating the standardization of geographical names. The Session will also seek to advance the work done to implement the resolutions passed at preceding Conferences. During the 29th Session some agenda items to be discussed are:- the nature of geographical names as cultural heritage, the use and standardization of geographical names, education and training in the treatment of geographical names and the preparation of gazetteers.

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Fourth High Level Forum on United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management

20-04-2016  – 22-04-2016 Addis Ababa

The United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), in collaboration with the Government of Ethiopia and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), will host the Fourth High Level Forum on United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management at UNECA’s Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 20-22 April 2016.

This forum will be focused on land administration and management, with particular emphasis on sharing experiences, including benefits and challenges, considering fit for purpose aspects, digital land registers, cadastres, and other land data needs, demonstrating practical examples of land administration success stories. Land information and its management are fundamental to successful land administration and the derived benefits to the economies, and overall sustainable development of nations. Therefore, the overarching theme of the Fourth High Level Forum is ‘Good Land Governance for the 2030 Agenda’.

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Fifth session of the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) and related Side Events

03-08-2015  – 07-08-2015 New York

UNSD is organizing the Fifth Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), to be held in New York, 5-7 August 2015. As a formal inter-governmental mechanism, UN-GGIM is playing a leading role in setting the agenda and direction for the development of global geospatial information and in promoting its use to address key global challenges.

It is expected that the meeting of senior executives from national geospatial information authorities and geospatial experts will augur for a very important visioning and strategic event which recognises 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 global sustainability.

The United Nations Committee of Experts on GGIM welcomes the participation of Member States and relevant international organisations to its Fifth Session as it continues to move forward in fulfilling its mandate to enhance collaboration and support the use of geospatial information to promote sustainable development globally. The formal Committee Session, convened from 5-7 August 2015, will be preceded by a number of related side events from 3-4 August 2015.

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28th session of the United Nations Group of experts on geographical names (UNGEGN)

28-04-2014  – 02-05-2014 New York

Preparations are underway for the staging of the 28th Session of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN) to be held from April 28 to May 2, 2014 at the United Nations headquarters in New York, in conference room 2 of the Secretariat Building. This session being organised by the UNSD, brings together experts consisting of cartographers, geographers, names experts, historians, linguists, planners and surveyors who are expected to share best practices, cooperative ventures and new developments in geographical names administration and practical outcomes of names standardization.

It is expected that the programme of work, issues and challenges will be addressed through the discussions and interactions of attendees from Member States and about 20 linguistic Divisions. There will also be side events, consisting of Divisional meetings and learning centres, in addition to an exhibition of maps and posters showcasing indigenous geographical names.

The upcoming 28th Session of UNGEGN will be another milestone and step by a global community of experts who share the vision and goals of making available geographical names, a fundamental data set which supports geospatial information management, and enables decision making for sustainable development.

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Expert group meeting on the integration of statistical and geospatial information

30-10-2013  – 01-11-2013 New York

The United Nations Statistics Division is organising the first meeting of the United Nations Expert Group on the Integration of Statistical and Geospatial Information, to be held from 30 October - 1 November 2013 in New York. This Expert Group, recently established in pursuance of Decision 44/101 taken by the UN Statistical Commission and Decision 3/107 taken by the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management, is composed of representatives of both statistical and geospatial communities. It aims to carry the work on developing a statistical spatial framework as a global standard for the integration of statistical and geospatial information. The purpose of this first meeting of the EG is to finalise the proposed Terms of Reference and review the progress of a detailed work plan against the following topics: geospatially coding statistics, geographic data linking, common geographic classifications, metadata standards and interoperability, confidentiality and data access, etc.

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10th United Nations regional cartographic conference for the Americas

19-08-2013  – 23-08-2013 New York

The 10th UNRCC-A will be held from Monday 19 to Friday 23, August, 2013 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York under the theme United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management and the Americas, addressing global challenges through geospatial information. The conference provides a regional forum where government officials, planners, scientists and experts from the Americas and other regions meet to address their common needs, problems and experiences in the field of surveying and mapping, cartography, hydrography, remote sensing, land and geospatial information systems.

Specific conference objectives are: to receive reports on the work being done to advance geospatial information management and assess the status of the resolutions adopted at the Ninth United Nations Regional Cartographic Conference for the Americas.

for conference delegates to share experiences, knowledge and best practices on geospatial information management (GIM) at all levels; for representatives from Member States to gain greater understanding of the relevance and work of the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) Committee of Experts, GIM issues being addressed in addition to the strategic direction and related program of work; for Member States and supporting stakeholders to identify existing and new opportunities for increased regional and global collaborations aimed at advancing GIM for sustained economic development of the Americas.

Speakers from 16 Member States and eight international geospatial information organizations will be addressing the following topics of interest:

  • Strategy, policy, economic and institutional issues
  • Spatially enabling government
  • Geospatial data collection, management and dissemination
  • Best practices and applications
  • Climate change and disaster risk reduction

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3rd Session of the UN Committee of experts on global geospatial information management

24-07-2013  – 26-07-2013 Cambridge

United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with Ordnance Survey of the United Kingdom, is organizing the Third Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM). As an inter-governmental mechanism, UN-GGIM aims to play a leading role in setting the agenda and direction for the development of global geospatial information and to promote its use to address key global challenges. The purpose of the Session is to provide a forum to liaise and coordinate among Member States, and between Member States, international organizations and other stakeholders for the provision of authoritative, reliable and maintained geospatial information in support of evidence-based decision making and sustainable development.

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2nd session of the United Nations Committee of experts on global geospatial information management (UN-GGIM)

13-08-2012  – 15-08-2012 New York

The Second Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM) will be held at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 13-15 August 2012. The official announcement of the second session has been issued through a Note Verbale which was communicated to all the Permanent Missions to the United Nations. The Second Session will bring together government experts from all Member States to consult and deliberate on a number of substantive activities, such as the implications of the Rio+20 summit, the strategic considerations of future trends in geospatial information management (the five to ten year vision) and the drafting of a statement of ethics for the global geospatial information community. The full provisional agenda, as well as other information on the second session are posted on the Committee website at http://ggim.un.org/ggim_committee.html.

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Inaugural session of the UN Committee of experts on global geospatial information management (UN-GGIM) and High level forum on GGIM

24-10-2011  – 26-10-2011 Seoul

The United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management, established by ECOSOC on 27 July 2011 as the official UN consultative mechanism on GGIM, is convening its inaugural session on 26 October 2011 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The inaugural meeting will bring together experts from Member States and observers from international organizations to adopt the terms of reference of the Committee, review its rules of procedure and discuss its contribution to Rio+20 Conference as well as an inventory of critical issues to be addressed by the Committee in future sessions.

Immediately preceding the inaugural session of the Committee, the United Nations is jointly organizing with the National Geographic Information Institute (NGII) of the Republic of Korea, for the first time, a High Level Forum on Global Geospatial Information Management at the COEX Convention Centre in Seoul, 24-26 October 2011. The Forum will provide an opportunity for in-depth discussion of current critical geospatial information issues and consultations among governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector.

At the opening of the Forum, a Ministerial Segment will be convened in the morning of 24 October 2011. The Under-Secretary-General for DESA Mr. Sha Zukang will deliver the opening address. The Segment will provide a platform for Ministers, representing all the regions of the world, to discuss national policies on geospatial information, particularly in reference to management aspects; to provide direction in evolving common frameworks and methodologies across countries; to promote the use of geospatial information to address key global challenges; and to give guidance on capacity development and enhance technology transfer.

The High Level Forum and the inaugural session of the Committee will be accompanied by two thematic side-events, namely an ‘Exchange Forum with the Geospatial Industry’ (on Sunday 23 October 2011) and a ‘Seminar on the Integration of Statistical and Geospatial Information’ (on Thursday 27 October 2011).

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3rd Preparatory meeting of the proposed United Nations Committee on global geospatial information management

04-04-2011  – 11-04-2011 New York

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), jointly with the United Nations Cartographic Section/DFS (UNCS), is organizing the third preparatory meeting of the proposed United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM). The Meeting will discuss the report on GGIM to be submitted to ECOSOC and the inter-governmental process. In addition, the meeting will discuss the agenda and the modality of the forthcoming UN Forum on GGIM to be held in Seoul, Republic of Korea on 25-28 October, 2011. This is the last preparatory meeting and we expect to receive strong guidance from the member states on the progression of this GGIM initiative.

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2nd preparatory meeting of the proposed United Nations Committee on global geographic information management

10-05-2010  – 11-05-2010 New York

UNSD, in collaboration with the UN Cartographic Section, is organizing the Second Preparatory Meeting of the Proposed United Nations Committee on Global Geographic Information Management.

The purpose of the Meeting is to discuss and initiate the preparation of a report, for the approval of ECOSOC, on global coordination of geographic information management, including the consideration of a possible creation of a United Nations global forum for the exchange of information among countries and other interested parties, and particularly for sharing best practices in legal and policy instruments, institutional management models, technical solutions and standards, interoperability of systems and data, and sharing mechanisms that guarantee that geographic information and services are easily and timely accessible. The Meeting, bringing together official representatives from member countries as well as representatives from relevant professional organizations, will also offer the possibility to the participants to discuss the terms of reference and the modalities of work for the global forum and the Committee of Experts.

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18th United Nations regional cartographic conference for Asia and the Pacific (UNRCC-AP)

26-10-2009  – 29-10-2009 Bangkok

The theme of the eighteenth conference is “Spatial Enablement and the Response to Climate Change and the Millennium Development Goals”. In February 1948, the Economic and Social Council recommended that Governments of Member States stimulate surveying and mapping of their national territories and that the Secretary-General of the United Nations take appropriate action to further such efforts. A Committee of Experts on Cartography was appointed by the Secretary General to study the problem and advise upon the means of its implementation. The first meeting of the committee of experts on cartography was held in 1955.

The current Conference would bring together specialists from Asia and the Pacific and other parts of the world, and provide an opportunity to review and assess how well geographic information can be used in dealing with critical issues such as spatial enablement and responses to climate change. It would also give an opportunity to identify the impediments and barriers that still exist, with a view to suggesting appropriate solutions in order to overcome them.

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9th United Nations Regional cartographic conference for the Americas (UNRCC-A)

10-08-2009  – 14-08-2009 New York

The theme of the ninth meeting is “Building Geospatial Infrastructure in Support of Disaster Prevention and Management”. UNRCC-A is convened every four years. The first meeting of the committee of experts on cartography was held in 1976 to stimulate the survey and mapping of national territories, study the problem and advise upon means of implementation.

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25th session of the United Nations Group of experts on geographical names (UNGEGN)

05-05-2009  – 12-05-2009 Nairobi

The Twenty-fifth session of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN) will take place at the United Nations Office in Nairobi, from 5 to 12 May 2009 in Nairobi, Kenya. This is the first time that UNGEGN is meeting in Africa. Experts from over 100 countries are expected to attend the session to discuss standardization of geographical names and other related issues. A poster exhibit and training on toponymy will be organized in conjunction with the session. African countries are encouraged to participate in order to show their work on names in connection with mapping or cultural heritage, for example: field collection of names; names and maps; gazetteers and/or databases, etc. The session is organized by the UNGEGN Bureau and the Statistics Division of DESA (Secretariat of UNGEGN) in collaboration with UN Economic Commission for Africa.

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Workshop on the standardization of geographical names

04-08-2008  – 08-08-2008 Ouagadougou

A workshop on the standardization of geographical names will be held jointly organized by the African Organization of Cartography and Remote Sensing (AOCRS) and the Institut Géographique du Burkina Faso and co-organized by the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names and UNSD.  The following units will be included:• Problems of toponymic administration in Africa;• Definitions and advantages of geographical names standardization; • Functions of geographical names and the process of naming places; • National geographical names authorities; • Terminology; • Problems in standardization; • Office treatment of names; • Problems of street naming; • Policies, procedures and guidelines; • Fieldwork; • Methodology, preparation; • Practical exercise of gathering toponyms in the field; • Examining the results; • Toponymic databases and gazetteers; • Aspects of international standardization and the involvement of the United Nations.

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United Nations expert group meeting to review the draft handbook on geographic databases and census mapping

07-04-2008  – 10-04-2008 New York

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organizing an expert group meeting to review the draft Handbook on Geographic Databases and Census Mapping. The Handbook provides detailed technical and operational guidance on the recent developments in technology, methods and standardization related to geographic information and census mapping, which have been reflected in the recently adopted Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses, Revision 2, and draws on the experiences of countries in using geospatial technologies with census mapping operations.

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UNGEGN Toponymy training course

18-09-2006  – 25-09-2006 Maputo

The course will focus on the basics and methods of work with geographical names, including gathering names information in the field, data processing in the office and through a national names authority, creation and population of a database for the records and dissemination of the information through maps, gazetteers, etc .

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17Th United Nations Regional cartographic conference for Asia and the Pacific

18-09-2006  – 22-09-2006 Bangkok

The Seventeenth United Nations Regional Cartographic Conference for Asia and the Pacific will be organized by the Statistics Division in Bangkok at the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), from 18 to 22 September 2006. This conference, convened every three years, provides a regional forum where approximately 200 participants (mostly heads of Mapping Agencies and Land Surveys and experts from Asia and the Pacific and other regions, as well as representatives from International and Specialized Organizations) meet to address the common needs, problems and experiences in the field of surveying and mapping, cartography, remote sensing, land and geographical information systems, including spatial data infrastructure institutional, economic and capacity building issues.

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23 session of the United Nations Group of experts on geographical names (UNGEGN)

28-03-2006  – 04-04-2006 Vienna

The key items on the agenda are a review of the activities undertaken by the UNGEGN working groups in view of the essential contribution the Group of Experts continues to provide to Member States in the geographical information field and related cartographic areas, an evaluation of the implementation of the resolutions adopted by the Eighth United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names, a review of toponymic guidelines for map editors and other editors, and a discussion of recommendations to facilitate and prepare the work of the Ninth United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names.It is expected that up to 200 country delegates and observers will participate at the level of Heads of National Geographical Names Authorities and International Organizations.

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