The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), as the Secretariat for the Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), in collaboration with the Government of China, through the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Zhejiang Provincial Government, will be hosting the United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress (UNWGIC) in Deqing, Zhejiang Province, China from 19-21 November 2018.

The convening of the UNWGIC arises out of the mandate from the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to the Committee of Experts to convene global forums to promote comprehensive dialogue on global geospatial information management with all relevant governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector.

With an overarching theme "The Geospatial Way to a Better World" the UNWGIC will be a truly global event bringing together all stakeholders at the highest level to address and ensure that geospatial information has its widest and fullest utility in service of social, economic and environmental development. The aim of the Congress is to provide a convening, participatory and inclusive environment to enhance the communication, understanding, knowledge and application of geospatial information management to address local, regional and global challenges.

The UNWGIC will feature a high-level Opening Session, a Ministerial Dialogue and 4 Plenary Sessions dedicated to:

  • 1. Attaining Sustainable Development;
  • 2. Sharing the Digital Economy;
  • 3. Building Smart Societies; and
  • 4. Growing International Cooperation.

Through 7 dedicated thematic parallel sessions, the UNWGIC will then discuss:

  • 1. Measuring and Monitoring the SDGs;
  • 2. Digital Economy, Location Analytics and Big Data;
  • 3. Smart, Resilient and Sustainable Societies;
  • 4. Growing Global Geospatial Capability and Capacity;
  • 5. Geospatial Innovation, Science and Technology;
  • 6. Digital Silk Road and International Partnerships; and
  • 7. Sustainable Development in Action.



Through 3 special sessions, the UNWGIC will showcase:

  • 1. Measuring Deqing's Progress Towards the SDGs with Geo-Statistical Information;
  • 2. The UN-GGIM/ World Bank Integrated Geospatial Information Framework; and a
  • 3. Young Professionals Summit convened by young professionals.

The UNWGIC will reflect the importance of geospatial information to support technological development, address the development and strengthening of geospatial information management systems and capacities, and demonstrate the importance of international coordination and cooperation for building a human data and geography community, against the three pillars of sustainable development, for a shared future and a better world, in which all are able to be counted within an inclusive global society.

While the actual UNWGIC plenary program covers three days (19-21 November), the overall event will be a week long (19-23 November), and will include global and regional meetings, workshops and learning events, side events and meetings, including the annual (2018) plenary meeting of national representatives from Member States to the Regional Committee of United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management for Asia and the Pacific (UN-GGIM-AP), as well as the annual UN-GGIM Expanded Bureau meeting.


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


Floor Plans

Exhibition Center (3D)
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Convention Center
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Around the Venue
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The UNWGIC will be held at the Deqing International Convention Center, located at the Zhejiang Geospatial Information Industrial Park in Deqing, Zhejiang Province, China. The address of the Convention Center is: No. 999 Quyuan South Road, Wuyang Sub-district, Deqing.


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Programme (click image to enlarge)

Overview
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Overview of formal UN-GGIM meetings
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Programme by Sessions (click on session for more detail information)

Opening Ceremony

  • Monday 19th

    09:30-11:30am more

Issuing the Moganshan Declaration and Closing Ceremony

  • Wednesday 21st

    16:00-17:30: more

Ministerial Dialogue - Towards a More Sustainable World for All

  • Monday 19th

    14:30-16:00: more

Plenary Sessions

  • Monday, 19 November

    16:30-18:30:
    Plenary Session #1: Sharing the Digital Economy more

  • Tuesday, 20 November

    9:00-10:30:
    Plenary Session #2: Attaining Sustainable Development more

    11:00-12:30:
    Plenary Session #3: Building Smart Societies more

  • Wednesday, 21 November

    14:00-15:30:
    Plenary Session #4: Growing International Cooperation more

Special Sessions

  • Monday, 19 November

    11:30-13:00:
    Geospatially Enabled Industry Development more

  • Tuesday, 20 November

    14:00-15:30:
    Operationalizing the Integrated Geospatial Information Framework more

    16:00-17:30:
    Measuring Deqing's Progress Towards the SDGs with Geo-Statistical Information more

  • Wednesday, 21 November

    9:00-12:30:
    Young Geospatial Professionals Summit more

Measuring and Monitoring the SDGs

  • Monday 19th

    11:30-13:00:
    Statistical-Geospatial Integration for Sustainable Development and the 2020 Round of Censuses more

  • Tuesday 20th

    14:00-15:30:
    Geospatial Disaggregation and Aggregation for the SDGs more

    16:00-17:30:
    The Global Indicator Framework: New and Innovative Methods and Data for Disaggregation by Geolocation more

  • Wednesday 21st

    9:00-10:30:
    Geospatial Innovations for Detecting and Mapping Infrastructure, Censuses and Modeled Population more

    11:00-12:30:
    Sustainable Development Outcomes Using Geospatial Data more

Digital Economy, Location Analytics and Big Data

  • Monday 19th

    11:30-13:00:
    Artificial Intelligence within the Digital Economy more

  • Tuesday 20th

    14:00-15:30:
    Intelligent Transportation and Autonomous Vehicles more

    16:00-17:30:
    Knowledge On-demand Environments more

  • Wednesday 21st

    9:00-10:30:
    Ubiquitous Location Values and Big Data Analytics more

    11:00-12:30:
    Innovative Techniques for Big Earth Observation Data Analysis more

Smart, Resilient and Sustainable Societies

  • Monday 19th

    11:30-13:00:
    Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Urban Spatial Planning more

  • Tuesday 20th

    14:00-15:30:
    Innovations in Location Intelligence for Smarter, Sustainable Cities more

    16:00-17:30:
    Bringing New Ideas to Plan Sustainable Societies more

  • Wednesday 21st

    9:00-10:30:
    Disasters will Happen: How can we be Better Prepared? more

    11:00-12:30:
    Spatially Enabled Future Cities more

Growing Global Geospatial Capability and Capacity

  • Monday 19th

    11:30-13:00:
    FIS4SDGs: Engaging government and citizens with the SDGs more

  • Tuesday 20th

    14:00-15:30:
    National Mapping and Geospatial Agencies: To Change is to Prosper more

    16:00-17:30:
    Laws, Regulations and Policy Impacting Collection, Storage, Access and Use of Geospatial Information more

  • Wednesday 21st

    9:00-10:30:
    Marine Geospatial: Information Development and Applications more

    11:00-12:30:
    Global to National Geodetic Frameworks: Core to Building a Better World more

Geospatial Innovation, Science and Technology

  • Monday 19th

    11:30-13:00:
    Geospatial Innovation, Science and Technology more

  • Tuesday 20th

    14:00-15:30:
    Towards the Future of Geomatics Science - Its Global Impacts more

    16:00-17:30:
    Millions of Mappers: Organizing Citizen Generated Geospatial Data for the Global Goals more

  • Wednesday 21st

    9:00-10:30:
    National LiDAR Programs: Strategies, Data Management, and Analytics more

    11:00-12:30:
    Global Land Cover and Intelligent Analysis of Remotely Sensed Images more

Digital Silk Road and International Partnerships

  • Monday 19th

    11:30-13:00:
    Digital Belt and Road: Using Big Earth Data for Sustainable Development more

  • Tuesday 20th

    14:00-15:30:
    Standards That Make Innovation Possible more

    16:00-17:30:
    Linking People to Land: The Framework for Effective Land Administration more

  • Wednesday 21st

    9:00-10:30:
    African Action Plan on Geospatial Information for Sustainable Development more

    11:00-12:30:
    Strengthening National Geospatial Information Management in the Americas more

Sustainable Development in Action

  • Monday 19th

    11:30-13:00:
    Geospatial Information for Urban Sustainable Development more

  • Tuesday 20th

    14:00-15:30:
    Natural Resources Management Underpinned by Geospatial Information more

    16:00-17:30:
    Effective Visualization in Maps and Diagrams to Better Understand the SDGs more

  • Wednesday 21st

    9:00-10:30:
    Geospatial Data to Improve Crop Yield Forecasting and Monitoring more

    11:00-12:30:
    A Sustainable and Resilient World: Research and Capacity Development for Implementing the SDGs more

Documentation for the UN World Geospatial Information Congress

Outcome of the UN World Geospatial Information Congress

Statements

  • Opening Statements (forthcoming)

Presentations (forthcoming)

Annual sessions

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