PLENARY SESSION 4: Growing International Cooperation


A major capacity development goal for many developing countries is to ensure that international cooperation and partnerships can be leveraged in such a way that fosters the management and exchange of geospatial information in support of national development priorities. Effective cross-sector and interdisciplinary international cooperation, including industry and private sector partnerships, are an important premise to developing a sustainable integrated geospatial information framework in countries, building upon a culture of trusted partnerships and strategic alliances that recognize common needs and aspirations, and aligned to national priorities. The Session will be framed by the "Belt and Road" region; home to more than 65% of the world's population, 85% of the world's major disasters, and 18 cities that have populations of greater than 10 million inhabitants. The Belt and Road initiative promises increased trade, socio-economic development, and protecting diverse and fragile environments. It also includes a digital dimension - the Digital Silk Road - to leverage the Internet, the digital economy, and improved science and technology infrastructure across the region.

  1. Presenters/Panellists:
    Mr. Jasper Kakooza
    • – Senior Staff Surveyor, Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Uganda
  2. Mr. Ross Comstock
    • – Vice President, Information Systems and Technology, Kellogg Foundation, United States of America
  3. Mr. Sergío Fernández de Córdova
    • – Chairman, PVBLIC Foundation, United States of America
  4. Mr. Sanjay Kumar
    • – Secretary-General and CEO of the World Geospatial Industry Council
  5. Mr. Alexandre Caldas
    • – Chief, Country Outreach, Technology & Innovation, UN Environment, Kenya
  6. Moderator:
    Ms. Ingrid Vanden Berghe
    • – Administrator-General, National Geographic Institute, Belgium

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