The Deqing International Workshop and Seminar on United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management, with the theme “The Data Ecosystem for Sustainable Development”, provided a forum for participants to discuss and exchange information, experiences and knowledge on available integrative technologies and processes to bring together data from multiple sources, collected for differing uses to deliver information and evidence on interactions and relationships between people, place, events and activities. The workshop and seminar deliberated key motivations, features and considerations for a data ecosystem for sustainable development that delivers the evidence on 'where' people interact with their place and environments, events and activities (including economic activities), and to deliver timely and reliable information necessary for citizens, businesses, organizations and governments to build accountable actions and evidenced-based decisions.

The United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management Section, Statistics Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in collaboration with the Government of China through the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Zhejiang Provincial Government, jointly organized the Deqing International Workshop and Seminar with the support of the Regional Committee of United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management for Asia and the Pacific (UN-GGIM-AP) and the Deqing County Government.

Participants, particularly those from outside China, expressed their appreciation to the hosts, the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Zhejiang Provincial Government and the Deqing County Government, and also the team of able local staff and volunteers and the Deqing International Convention Centre for all their arrangements, efforts, hospitality and warm reception that enriched their participation in the Deqing International Workshop and Seminar and their stay in Deqing. The contributions of participants, panelists, presenters, moderators and facilitators that added to the lively, engaging and enriching six days were also acknowledged.

Technical Learning Event on Data Ecosystem for Sustainable Development - Integrative Technologies and Processes from 17 - 19 October 2019

This event allowed participants from the technical learning event and additional participants attending the technical seminar to understand first-hand local efforts and progress to implement the 2030 Agenda and to leverage the integrative technologies and processes, integrating statistical, geospatial and other data to provide information and knowledge for programmes and plans to improve the sustainability and wellbeing of people, business and environment in the county. Participants were briefed on the development of the Deqing SDGs Knowledge-oriented data hub through a series of presentations. The technical briefing was complemented with a study visit in the afternoon to the China Rural Lifestyle Expo Park and the Xiazhu Lake National Wetlands Park, a wetlands and conservation area within the county, further reinforcing the technical briefings delivered in the morning.

Technical Seminar on Data Ecosystem for Sustainable Development from 21 - 22 October 2019

This was an open event within the Deqing International Workshop and Seminar where 173 participated including 139 national participants from all over the country. In addition to China, participants included representatives from Armenia, Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Guyana, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Nepal, Rwanda, Senegal, Sri Lanka and Tonga. The seminar began with an official opening session moderated by Mr. Stefan Schweinfest, Director of the United Nations Statistics Division. The welcome remarks from Mr. Kurexi Maihesuti, Vice Minister, Ministry of Natural Resources was delivered by Mr. Wang Qian who is the Deputy Director General, Department of International Cooperation in the Ministry. The official opening statement was provided by Mr. Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General, Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations, who added his welcome to all participants and appreciation to the Government of China for the hospitality and contributions toward United Nations efforts to strengthen the data ecosystem for sustainable development. Ms. Wang Qinying, Secretary of the Deqing County Party Committee added her welcomed the participants and presented the China (Deqing) Sustainable Development Goals Knowledge Service System to the participants. The official opening session was followed by two thematic sessions and four panel sessions.

Documentation for the meeting

Presentation Materials

  • Session #4-Integrating information for sustainable development
  • GIS Vision, Mr. Travis Butcher and Mr. Adam Pfister, Esri
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