On the margins of the United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress in Deqing, Zhejiang Province, China, the United Nations Expert Group on the Integration of Statistical and Geospatial Information (EG-ISGI) held its fifth meeting on 22 to 23 November 2018.
At its fifth meeting, the EG-ISGI reviewed in detail the progress of elaborating the Five Principles of the GSGF and proposed a timeline for their endorsement and consultation. The EG-ISGI established an editorial task team to finalize the elaboration of the Principles. Specific focus will be drawn towards ensuring that the vocabulary and use of terminology is consistent across both statistical and geospatial domains throughout the Five Principles of the GSGF. The timeline will then be to provide an update on the development and consultation process of the elaboration of the Five Principles of the GSGF to the 50th Session of the Statistical Commission in March 2019, subsequently seeking to submit a paper which provides the elaborated Five Principles of the GSGF for endorsement, after a proposed global consultation, to the Committee of Experts at its ninth session in August 2019. Subsequently, and pending adoption by the Committee of Experts, this paper will be submitted to the Statistical Commission at its 51st session in 2020 for its endorsement.
A total of 14 presentations were delivered over two days by national geospatial information authorities, national statistical offices, the United Nations System and subject matter experts from the private sector. At the meeting, specific focus was drawn towards the need to implement and adopt the Global Statistical Geospatial Framework augmented by country and regional knowledge and experiences of statistical-geospatial integration shared and discussed. The 26 participants came from 17 countries from all geographic regions.