The first United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress held in Deqing, Zhejiang Province, China from 19 to 21 November 2018, convened under the purview of the United Nations, substantively improved and strengthened the role of geospatial information management, innovation and related technologies towards implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to keep the promise to leave no one behind.
"Your dedication, expertise and guidance - in geospatial data, methods, frameworks, tools, and platforms - is urgently needed. The data needs for the SDGs are great, and time is not on our side. Reliable, timely, accessible and disaggregated geospatial information must be brought to bear to measure progress, inform decision-making and ensure effective and inclusive national and sub-national programs that will chart the path towards the 'Geospatial Way to a Better World', to assist in the implementation of the SDGs, and transform our world for the better."
Secretary-General of the United Nations
(video message to the United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress)
19 November 2018
The three-day event with a comprehensive programme provided a convening, participatory and inclusive environment to intensify collaboration at the regional and global levels; enhanced the communication, understanding, knowledge and application of geospatial information management; discussed the policy relevance and challenges to advance geospatial science, technologies and innovations; promoted the creation and sharing of more reliable, timely and quality geospatial data; and encouraged value-added applications and services to address local, national, regional and global challenges. The participating ministers, in their ministerial statements at the UNWGIC, stressed the importance of working together across borders, highlighted the benefits of partnerships and cooperation in sharing of good practices and transfer of technologies in order to meet the growing national, regional and global demand for geospatial information.
"The Geospatial Way to a Better World" the theme of the UNWGIC resonated with over 2000 participants and exhibitors from all continents. The hosts very ably prepared and provided a welcoming, friendly and conducive environment for participants from governments, international organizations, civil societies, academia and the private sector to share and exchange knowledge and experiences, who were informed and inspired to seek the highest and widest application of geospatial information, sciences, technologies and services for the wellbeing of society, environment and economy.
This was reflected in the Moganshan Declaration issued on behalf of all participants at the conclusion of the UNWGIC that resolved to work together to build a human data and geography community for a shared and better future, and to keep the promise to leave no one behind by fostering effective cross-sector and interdisciplinary international, regional and local collaboration and partnerships, and to support national development priorities. Participants requested a second UNWGIC in four years' time, to continue to promote comprehensive and inclusive dialogue with Governments and between Governments and all stakeholders, including young professionals, and to stimulate progress and advancement in global geospatial information management
Participants congratulated the host, the Government of China through the Ministry of Natural Resources in collaboration with the Government of Zhejiang Province, for their dedication and vision for realizing the UNWGIC, especially for having prepared and organized the venue, administration and logistics, and for the tremendous work of local volunteers who definitely exposed the international geospatial information community to Deqing County in such a warm and engaging fashion. It was fitting that this was recognized with a rousing show of appreciation and admiration from the participants to the representative group of the over 750 local volunteers at the closing ceremony.
The UNWGIC will be held at the Deqing International Convention Center, located at the Zhejiang Geospatial Information Industrial Park in Deqing, Zhejiang Province, China. The address of the Convention Center is: No. 999 Quyuan South Road, Wuyang Sub-district, Deqing.