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The first formal meeting of the UN-GGIM Arab States was convened in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from 24-25 February 2015. The meeting was organized by the Secretariat of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) within the United Nations Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA), in collaboration with the General Commission for Survey of Saudi Arabia. Following the preparatory meetings that took place in Doha, Qatar, on 7 February 2013, and in Amman, Jordan, 5-6 February 2014, the meeting was the first formal meeting after the adoption of the UN-GGIM decision 4/111 in August 2014, which endorsed the establishment of the regional committee, UN-GGIM: Arab States. The objective of this first formal meeting was to adopt the rules of procedure for the Committee and its organizational structure with the election of its Bureau, and to establish the working groups that will carry out its work programme to be agreed upon for the next five years.

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