The Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) as per its terms of reference (Annexed to the Economic and Social Council resolution 2011/24 of 27 July 2011) is mandated to provide a forum for coordination and dialogue among Member States, and between Member States and relevant international organizations on enhanced cooperation in the field of global geospatial information. Given this mandate and noting that the 2030 Agenda calls for stronger public-private partnerships in order for new data sources and technologies to be harnessed, the Committee at its 6th Session in August 2016, adopted decision 6/101 agreed to the establishment of the Academic Network and the Private Sector Network. This aids in the recognition of the valuable contributions, to the work, growth and development of the Committee and the commitment to Member States provided by international organisations, academia and the private sector. These networks are augmented by the Geospatial Societies and United Nations System Network, as the means for the Committee to collaborate and inform on geospatial information within the international geospatial information organisations and the United Nations system respectively.
The UN-GGIM Geospatial Societies is a coalition of the Presidents, Secretaries-General or equivalent office bearers or their nominees that lead recognized international organizations involved in the coordination, development, management, standardization or regulation of geospatial information and related matters.
Mr. Rudolf Staiger, President, International Federation of Surveyors (FIG)
IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS)
International Association of Geodesy (IAG)
International Cartographic Association (ICA)
International Federation of Surveyors (FIG)
International Geographical Union (IGU)
International Map Industry Association (IMIA)
International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS)
International Society For Digital Earth
The UN-GGIM Academic Network is a coalition of recognized universities and research and education centers involved in research, development and education on geospatial, land information and related matters, run on a volunteer basis. Its primary objective is to support the aims and objectives of Committee of Experts by facilitating access globally to research and education capabilities for UN-GGIM and its affiliated members in order to identify and respond to challenges and opportunities for UN-GGIM and related UN offices.
The UN-GGIM Academic Network aims to assist with the development and management of global geospatial information and promote its use to address key global challenges. We encourage universities, academic institutions or research centers with geospatial information research and/or education to join the UN-GGIM Academic Network. For more information regarding membership requirements please review the UN-GGIM Academic Network's Terms of Reference (ToR) available on the website: http://unggim.academicnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/UNGGIM_AcademicNetwork_TOR.pdf
Prof. Maria Antonia Brovelli, Politecnico di Milano
Prof. Songnian Li, Ryerson University
Dr. Ivana Ivánová, Curtin University
Prof. Abbas Rajabifard Head, University of Melbourne, (Immediate Past Chair)
A/Prof. Cheryl Desha, Griffith University
Prof. Georg Gartner, Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien)
Prof. Jonathan Li, University of Waterloo
Prof. Huayi Wu, Wuhan University
Prof. Menno-Jan Kraak, University of Twente
A/Prof. Michael Starek, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Africa - Prof. Serena Coetzee, University of Pretoria
Americas - Prof. Rosario Casanova, University of the Republic
Asia-Pacific - Prof. Huayi Wu, Wuhan University
Europe - Prof. Joep Crompvoet, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven)
How to join?
For more information on how to join the UN-GGIM Academic Network please visit the website: http://unggim.academicnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Brochure-V.-march-2017.png
The UN-GGIM Private Sector Network (PSN) is intended to facilitate a direct connection and communication for the private sector to work with Member States towards achieving success in global geospatial initiatives. The PSN shall facilitate an ongoing dialogue for collaboration between and amongst members of UN-GGIM and participants of the PSN to develop, build and extend the world's capacity to benefit from geospatial information, enabling countries to build capacity in geospatial information, technologies and services.
Private Sector Network Board
Mr. Shaik Mohamed Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse, AAM
Ms. Valrie Grant, GeoTechVision
Ms. Nadine Alameh, Open Geospatial Consortium
Mr. Kumar Navulur, Maxar Technologies
Mr. Willy Govender, Terra Analytics
Mr. Felix Orina, Orbital Africa
Mr. Peter Ter Haar, Ter Haar Geoinnovation
Mr. Peter Baumann, Rasdaman GmbH
Mr. Saad Alhamlan, Gravity Consulting Services
Mr. Kamal Ben Addou Idrissi, ETAFAT
Ms. Anamika Das, Geospatial World
Ms. Devleena Bhattacharjee, Numer8 Analytics Pvt. Ltd
Ms. Shivangi Somvanshi, Geospatial World
The United Nations Geospatial Network is a coalition of entities within the United Nations System which engage in geospatial information management activities. The Network's mission is to strengthen the coordination and coherence of geospatial information management within the United Nations system, including its overarching trends, technology, practices, data, needs, capacity building, and partnerships. The Network is composed of designated representatives, nominated by United Nations system entities. Representatives are to be considered as the most senior geospatial professional within their entity and are supported by a nominated alternate representative.
The United Nations Geospatial Network was established by UN-GGIM (decision 7/115) at its seventh session in August 2017. The Network's Terms of Reference were endorsed (decision 8/115) by UN-GGIM at its eighth session in August 2018. The establishment of the first leadership, Steering Group and Network was agreed by UN-GGIM at its ninth session (decision 9/102). For further information on the UN Geospatial Network's activities [and current composition], please visit its website.
Mr. Alexandre Caldas, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Mr. Douglas Muchoney, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Mr. Einar Bjørgo, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
World Food Programme (WFP)
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
International Office for Migration (IOM)