The UN-GGIM Secretariat in collaboration with the Government of Mexico through the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID) and the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), the Ministry of National Assets of Chile and the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) will convene the UN-GGIM International Forum on Geospatial Information and Services for Disasters, from, 4-5 and 8 September 2016, in conjunction with the 8th URISA Caribbean GIS Conference in Bridgetown Barbados 5-8 September 2016.

The forum is being held pursuant to decision 5/110 adopted at the 5th Session of the Committee of Experts that endorsed the creation of the working group, the development of a strategic framework on geospatial information and services for disasters aligned with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, and that consideration should be given to the special needs of developing countries with respect to capacity building and sharing knowledge (E/2015/46-E/C.20/2015/17). At its 6th Session the Committee of Experts by decision 6/110 further supported the work of the working group and the convening of an international forum on Geospatial Information and Services for Disasters in Barbados in September 2016.

Objective of the Forum

The Forum is expected to provide a platform for discussing the means and methods of implementing the UN-GGIM strategic framework on geospatial information and services for disasters that should serve as a new global guideline to ensure the availability and accessibility of quality geospatial information and services across the entire emergency cycle.

Forum Outline

The Forum will consist of a number of themes and sessions that will enable participants to engage with leading international experts to share their experiences and methodologies in the following areas:

  • Best practices and approaches, including legislative and regulatory frameworks, in the provision and use of geospatial information and services ;
  • Country and humanitarian response experiences; and
  • Future challenges and trends

Contact details:
Mr. Kyoung-Soo Eom
UN-GGIM Secretariat
Chief UN Geospatial Information Section
Department of Field Support
Tel: +1 (212) 963-0221
Fax: +1 (212) 963-0130

Ms. Cecille Blake
UN-GGIM Secretariat
United Nations Statistics Division
Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Tel: +1 (212) 963-5823
Fax: +1 (212) 963-9851

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