The United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) at its seventh session in August 2017 established the Working Group on Legal and Policy Frameworks for Geospatial Information Management (Working Group). The objectives of the Working Group are to:
- Play a leading role in raising awareness and highlighting the importance of sound policy and legal framework for geospatial information management at the highest levels in order to promote development, innovation, production consumption, distribution of geospatial information in the midst of rapidly changing societal norms towards access to Big Data and other types of information;
- Explore appropriate policy and legal frameworks for geospatial information management proactively, taking into consideration that good policy and legal frameworks will evolve over time, and respond to societal progress and technological developments; and
- Support the Committee of Experts in the development of norms, principles and guides, including any regional capacity development initiatives, to significantly increase the availability and accessibility of geospatial information so as to create high-quality, timely and reliable products and services from geospatial information to address the Sustainable Development goals and other critical local, national, regional and international issues.
The Deqing meeting of the Working Group is the first face-to-face meeting of the Working Group after being established by Committee of Experts. Working Group will seek to:
- Review the progress of its work plan, its results and effectiveness;
- Better understand the diverse and differing national circumstances from its members;
- Propose and develop approaches to methodically undertake work to address complex legal and policy issues that impact the acquisition, availability and accessibility of geospatial information;
- Support the Committee of Experts to consider, develop and prepare the implementation guide of the United Nations Integrated Geospatial Information Framework, specifically, Strategic Pathway 2 - Legal and Policy; and
- Consider, discuss and prioritize actions to keep the promise to leave no one behind with sound legal and policy frameworks for geospatial information management.
The Deqing meeting of the Working Group is held on the margins of the United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress with the theme "The Geospatial Way for A Better World" from 19 - 21 November 2018.