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Monitoring Sustainable Development – Why Location Matters

Organized by the UN-GGIM secretariat and supported by the United Kingdom, Australia, and Brazil, this side event took place on 20 June from 5:00 to 6:30pm in Room T-10 of T Pavilion in RioCentro. A senior politician from the government of the United Kingdom gave the opening speech.

This event demonstrated the vital role accurate, maintained and reliable geospatial information can, and indeed is, playing in helping to deliver sustainable development across the globe and in providing financial benefits to users. With presentations based on real-country experiences, it illustrated why Member States should develop and leverage accurate and maintained geospatial information in order to deliver successfully on the outcomes of Rio+20 and to monitor the implementation of such outcomes effectively. The main target audience was senior government officials with decision responsibility on monitoring systems for sustainable development.

More information: http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.php?page=view&type=1000&nr=350&menu=126

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Global Map for Sustainable Development

Organized by the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan, this side event took place on 22 June from 11:15am to 12:45pm in the Japan Pavilion in Athletes’ Park. The event was supported by the International Steering Committee for Global Mapping (ISCGM), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Brazil, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Japan led presentations pertinent to Global Map, data development under international cooperation, and use of Global Map data for sustainable development, followed by presentations by the Co-Chair of the United Nations Committee of Experts on GGIM, the USGS, the IBGE and the JAXA.

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