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The International Workshop on Global Fundamental Geospatial Data Themes for Africa will be convened at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 25-27 April 2018. The International Workshop is being jointly organized by the United Nations Statistics Division of DESA, as the Secretariat for UN-GGIM, in collaboration with UNECA, and supported by the Working Group on Global Fundamental Geospatial Data Themes and the Regional Committee of Global Geospatial Information Management for Africa (UN-GGIM: Africa).

At its seventh session in August 2017, the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) adopted a minimum and agreed list of 14 Global Fundamental Geospatial Data Themes as a tangible means to enable the measurement, monitoring, and management of sustainable development in a consistent way over time, facilitate evidence-based decision-making, and support policy-making.

This three-day International Workshop will raise awareness, provide guidance and exchange knowledge on how Member States from Africa can improve the capacity of their National Geospatial Information or Mapping Agencies in producing geospatial information that are referenced to internationally agreed fundamental geospatial data themes. This will enhance data interoperability, and thus increase the availability, accessibility and application of geospatial information in Africa, particularly for implementing and reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Objectives

The main objectives of the workshop are to:

  • (a) Promote and implement the 14 Global Fundamental Geospatial Data Themes;
  • (b) Consider how these themes will improve the availability, accessibility and application of geospatial information; and,
  • (c) Discuss the implementation and usefulness of geospatial information in support of Africa's Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Participants

This International Workshop is a closed event with participation by invitation only. Participants are expected to be Director-Generals/Chief Executives, Directors or senior level officials from Ministries, Agencies or Departments responsible for geospatial information management, surveying and mapping of African nations. Participants are senior officials who need to address and improve the availability, accessibility and application of geospatial information nationally, and set policy issues related to the sharing and dissemination of geospatial information.


Contact details:

Logistical Arrangements:

Ms. Vilma Frani
Global Geospatial Information Management
United Nations Statistics Division
Department of Economics and Social Affairs
Tel: +1 (917) 367-2903
Email: frani@un.org

Substantive Arrangements:

Mr. Greg Scott
Global Geospatial Information Management
United Nations Statistics Division
Department of Economics and Social Affairs
Tel: +1 (212) 963-8578
Email: scott12@un.org

Documentation for the International Workshop

Presentation Materials (forthcoming)

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