The United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) and the Regional Committee of United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management for Asia and the Pacific (UN-GGIM-AP), in collaboration with the Government of Malaysia, through the Department of Survey and Mapping Malaysia (JUPEM), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, jointly organised and hosted the UN-GGIM International Forum on Policy and Legal Frameworks for Geospatial Information, in conjunction with the Fifth UN-GGIM-AP Plenary Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 16-20 October 2016.

The International Forum on Policy and Legal Frameworks for Geospatial Information was organised pursuant to decision 5/107 made at the fifth session of UN-GGIM in August 2015 (E/2015/46). The Committee of Experts is cognizant of ongoing developments and increased focus that could have an impact on policy and legal frameworks supporting geospatial information including that which relate to the collection, use, provenance and accessibility of data, such as privacy, licensing, accessibility and national security.

The geospatial community needs to be more proactively engaged with these developments as well as issues related to the development and use of newer applications arising from disruptive technologies and potentially intrusive devices. UN-GGIM also recognized the growing need for geospatial professionals to understand the legislative and regulatory processes and their implications for the entire geospatial community, and for the legal profession, regulators and legislators to understand the wider usefulness and benefits of geospatial information.

The Forum sought the continued involvement of Member States and geospatial professionals and practitioners, industry, international and regional organisations, non-governmental bodies, academia and civil societies at the highest level.


Mr. TEO CheeHai
Global Geospatial Information Management
United Nations Statistics Division
Department of Economics and Social Affairs

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