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Global Geodesy Forum

Every day, humanity benefits from geodesy. Geodesy is the science of measuring the size, shape and orientation of our planet and it is a foundation for evidence-based policies, decisions and program delivery. Geodesy is used every day, in the fields of civil engineering, industrial automation, agriculture, construction, mining, financial transactions, intelligent transport systems, disaster response and emergency management, environmental studies and scientific research. Furthermore, geodesy enables accurate collection, management and alignment of nationally integrated geospatial information - a key requirement for societal, environmental and economic activities, the measuring and monitoring of progress of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Small Island Developing States Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway, and other global, regional and national development agenda and initiatives.

The United Nations Global Geodesy Forum appropriately convened on Earth Day - 22 April 2021 with the title "The Power of Where: The Value of Geodesy to Society". The virtual open forum organized by the Subcommittee on Geodesy will focus on the significance of geodesy for the wellbeing and betterment of society, environment and economy. The forum will highlight to policy- and decision makers, chief executives, director-generals and senior executives from Member States and relevant stakeholders the benefits enabled by an accurate and reliable Global Geodetic Reference Frame, and the crucial role of geodesy in providing safer and more resilient communities, in particular, to measure the cause and effect of sea level rise, storm surges, earthquakes and tsunamis, and assisting developing countries with effective land and environmental management and efficient digital economies.

The United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Ocean, His Excellency Ambassador Peter Thomson, who is also the Global Geodesy Ambassador, will provide the opening address.

(Please note that the connection details for the Global Geodesy Forum will be provided on this web-page closer to the event date).


Global Geodesy Forum - Provisional agenda

Forum Moderator:
  • Mr. Nicholas Brown
  • Co-Chair, UN-GGIM Subcommittee on Geodesy

Introductions and setting the context
  • Mr. Nicholas Brown
  • Co-Chair, UN-GGIM Subcommittee on Geodesy

Opening address - The Power of Where: The Value of Geodesy to Society
  • His Excellency Ambassador Peter Thomson
  • UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Ocean

For safer and more resilient communities
  • Dr Tulu Besha Bedada
  • Director General, Geospatial Information Institute, Ethiopia

The economic benefits from investment in geodesy
  • Ms. Alison Rose
  • Chief of Place, Space and Communities Division, Geoscience Australia

Lifestyle improved by geodesy
  • Prof Paul Becker
  • President, Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy, Germany

For effective land management
  • Ms. Paloma Merodio Gómez
  • Vice President, National Institute of Statistics and Geography, Mexico

Looking to the future and concluding remarks
  • Mr. Nicholas Brown
  • Co-Chair, UN-GGIM Subcommittee on Geodesy

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