Virtual High-Level Forum Events

We have the pleasure, on behalf of Mr. Stefan Schweinfest and Mr. Steve Blair, to announce that the UN Statistics Division, as Secretariat for the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), and Ordnance Survey of Great Britain will jointly organize a series of three virtual high-level forum events on United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management.

Although we were unable to proceed with the UN-GGIM Sixth High Level Forum due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we will be able to launch the Implementation Guide of the Integrated Geospatial Information Framework and the Future Trends in Geospatial Information Management: Five to Ten-year Vision third edition, both of which are presently undergoing broad global consultation and review processes. Both the Implementation Guide and the Future Trends report are of significant relevance to our global geospatial community.

This series of three virtual high-level forum events are scheduled at weekly intervals each lasting up to three hours, and they are -

Event #1
The Geospatial Landscape, and overview of Integrated Geospatial Information Framework and Future Trends in Geospatial Information Management
26 May 2020, Tuesday
12:00 noon (BST - British Summer Time)/11:00 hrs (UTC - Coordinated Universal Time)

Event #2
Integrated Geospatial Information Framework, the nine strategic pathways and country-level action plans
2 June 2020, Tuesday
12:00 noon (BST - British Summer Time)/11:00 hrs (UTC - Coordinated Universal Time)

Event #3
Future Trends in Geospatial Information Management: Five to Ten-year Vision, the relevance and application to national priorities and action plans
9 June 2020, Tuesday
12:00 noon (BST - British Summer Time)/11:00 hrs (UTC - Coordinated Universal Time)

We invite interested participants to register now with the link below.



Event #1


 11:00 hrs (UTC)

26 May 2020, Tuesday

The Geospatial Landscape, and strategic overview of Integrated Geospatial Information Framework and Future Trends in Geospatial Information Management

  • Moderator
    • Mr. Stefan Schweinfest, UN-GGIM Secretariat
  • Welcome and opening remarks:
    • Mr. Stefan Schweinfest, Director, Statistics Division, United Nations
    • Mr. Steve Blair, Chief Executive, Ordnance Survey, United Kingdom
    • Ms. Thalia Baldwin, Director, Geospatial Commission, United Kingdom

Segment I
The Geospatial Landscape

  • Panellists:
    • A Government Perspective
    • Ms. Rosamond Bing, Kingdom of Tonga
    • A United Nations Perspective
    • Mr. Oliver Chinganya, UN Economic Commission for Africa
    • An Industry Perspective
    • Mr. Sanjay Kumar, World Geospatial Industry Council
  • Moderated questions
Segment II
The Integrated Geospatial Information Framework - Strategic Overview

  • Presenter:
    • Mr. Greg Scott, UN-GGIM Secretariat
  • Moderated questions
Segment III
The Future Trends in Geospatial Information Management - Strategic Overview
  • Presenter:
    • Mr. David Henderson, Ordnance Survey
  • Moderated questions

  • Wrap up, announcements and concluding remarks:
    • Mr. Stefan Schweinfest, Director, Statistics Division, United Nations

Event #2


 11:00 hrs (UTC)

2 June 2020, Tuesday

Integrated Geospatial Information Framework, the nine strategic pathways and country-level action plans

  • Moderator:
    • Mr. Greg Scott, UN-GGIM Secretariat
  • Welcome and opening remarks
    • Mr. Greg Scott, United Nations Secretariat for Global Geospatial Information Management
Segment IV
The Integrated Geospatial Information Framework - Nine Strategic Pathways for National Leadership in Geospatial Information Management

  • Panellists:
    • The Governance Pillar - Strategic Pathways 1, 2 and 3
    • Mr. Tim Trainor, International Cartographic Association
    • The Technology Pillar - Strategic Pathways 4, 5 and 6
    • Ms. Lesley Arnold, Geospatial Frameworks
    • The People Pillar - Strategic Pathways 7, 8 and 9
    • Mr. John Kedar, Geospatial Initiatives
  • Moderated questions
Segment V
Operationalizing the Integrated Geospatial Information Framework at Country-level
  • Panellists:
    • The Mongolian Experience
    • Ms. Bayarmaa Enkhtur
    • The Guyana Experience
    • Mr. Trevor Benn
    • The Ethiopian Experience
    • Mr. Tulu Besha (tbc)
  • Moderated questions

  • Wrap up, announcements and concluding remarks:
    • Mr. Greg Scott, United Nations Secretariat for Global Geospatial Information Management

Event #3


 11:00 hrs (UTC)

9 June 2020, Tuesday

Future Trends in Geospatial Information Management: Five to Ten-year Vision, the relevance and application to national priorities and action plans

  • Moderator
    • Mr. David Henderson, Ordnance Survey
  • Welcome and opening remarks
    • Mr. David Henderson, Ordnance Survey
Segment VI
Future Trends in Geospatial Information Management - the Five to Ten-year vision

  • Panellists:
    • An Overview of Key Trends
    • Ms. Christin Walter, Ordnance Survey
    • The Key Technical Trends
    • Mr. Jeremy Morley, Ordnance Survey
    • The Key non-Technical Trends
    • Ms. Christin Walter, Ordnance Survey
  • Moderated questions
Segment VII
Impact of Trends on Integrated Geospatial Information Management Priorities, Strategies and Actions Nationally
  • Panellists:
    • A United Kingdom Perspective
    • Ms. Edwina Dunn, Geospatial Commission
    • An Australian Perspective
    • Ms. Alison Rose, Geoscience Australia (tbc)
    • A Mexican Perspective
    • Ms. Paloma Merodio Gómez, INEGI México
  • Moderated questions

  • Wrap up and concluding remarks
    • Mr. David Henderson, Ordnance Survey
  • Appreciation and closing remarks:
    • Mr. Steve Blair, Chief Executive, Ordnance Survey, United Kingdom
    • Mr. Stefan Schweinfest, Director, Statistics Division, United Nations

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