Parallel Session : Smart, Resilient and Sustainable Societies

"Disasters will Happen: How can we be Better Prepared?"

This session will use the experiences of panelists to consider some particular aspects of the recently endorsed UN GGIM Strategic Framework on Geospatial Information and Services for Disasters. Views will include the priority of the UN GGIM fundamental geospatial data themes for Disaster Risk Management (DRM), challenges to geospatial data sharing and accessibility before, during and after a disaster and identifying how we, the UNGGIM community, can overcome resilience challenges and engage with key international stakeholders to influence. As background, geospatial information has been widely recognized as an important aspect of DRM. The availability and accessibility of quality geospatial data and information from authoritative sources ensure decision makers and other stakeholders of an accurate common operational picture of critical scenarios before, during and after disasters. This past July, ECOSOC endorsed the Strategic Framework on Geospatial Information and Services for Disasters and sought global adoption. ( This session advances action on this important topic.

  1. Presenters/Panellists:
    Prof. Hasanuddin Zainal Abidin, Geospatial Information Agency of Indonesia, Indonesia
  2. Mr. Kyoung-Soo Eom, Department of Field Support United Nations
  3. Ms. Liz Hughes, Map Action
  4. Dr. Elena Lobo, Satellite Applications Catapult
  5. Prof. Abbas Rajabifard, The University of Melbourne
  6. Mr. Graeme Blick, Land Information New Zealand, New Zealand
  7. Moderator:
    Mr. John Kedar, Ordnance Survey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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