Volume 17, No.02 - February 2013

Capacity development

Cutting edge issues on global geospatial information

The Second High Level Forum on Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM) will take place in Doha, Qatar on 4-6 February

Cutting edge issues on global geospatial information (UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe)The event will be convened at the Qatar National Convention Centre by the Secretariat of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), in collaboration with the Government of Qatar.

It will bring together government representatives from UN Member States as well as interested stakeholders from non-governmental organizations, academia and the private sector to address and discuss critical and cutting-edge issues on global geospatial information management. The Forum also seeks to promote greater usage of growing sources of geospatial information and best practices.

Preceded by An ‘Exchange Forum with the Geospatial Industry’ on Sunday, 3 February, the High Level Forum starts on Monday, 4 February, with an Opening Ceremony and Ministerial Segment, followed by five technical sessions over the next three days.

Bringing all stakeholders together, the Forum will address current critical matters such as: the importance of and drivers for building a sustainable national geospatial information system; future trends in geospatial information, including growing the information base and promoting its greater use; developing an effective global geodetic reference framework and leveraging location-based services; geospatial information and sustainable development (Rio+20); and challenges in developing core global reference datasets. Each of the sessions will consist of a keynote presentation, panel presentations and discussion with the audience.

For more information:
United Nations Initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management

Preparing to evaluate the Millennium Development Goals

The 22nd and 23rd Meetings of Inter-agency and Expert Group on MDG Indicators (IAEG-MDGs) will be organized back to back on 20 and 21 February in New York

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

During the meetings, the outcomes of the debates on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the 67th session of the UN General Assembly as well as those of the Rio+20 Conference, will be reviewed.

Participants will also discuss how to prepare the 2013 global MDG report and the work towards the final evaluation of the MDGs in 2015. The meeting will be preceded by a half-day meeting by the Task Team on Lessons Learned from MDG Monitoring on 19 February.

For more information:
Calendar of Events of DESA’s Statistics Division

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)