High-level event spotlights Geospatial Information Management

The inaugural session of the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM) and the High Level Forum on GGIM will take place in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on 24-26 October

The UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management, established by ECOSOC on 27 July as the official UN consultative mechanism on GGIM, is convening its inaugural session on 26 October. The meeting will bring together experts from Member States and observers from international organizations to adopt the terms of reference of the Committee, review its rules of procedure and discuss its contribution to the Rio+20 Conference as well as an inventory of critical issues to be addressed by the Committee in future sessions.

Immediately preceding this event, the UN is jointly organizing with the National Geographic Information Institute (NGII) of the Republic of Korea, a High Level Forum on Global Geospatial Information Management at the COEX Convention Centre in Seoul on 24-26 October. Arranged for the first time, the Forum will provide an opportunity for in-depth discussions of current critical geospatial information issues and consultations among governments, NGOs and the private sector.

At the opening of the Forum, a Ministerial Segment will be convened in the morning of 24 October. The Under-Secretary-General for DESA Mr. Sha Zukang will deliver the opening address. The Segment will provide a platform for Ministers, representing all the regions of the world, to discuss national policies on geospatial information, to provide direction in evolving common frameworks and methodologies across countries; to promote the use of geospatial information to address key global challenges; and to give guidance on capacity development and enhance technology transfer.

In addition, two thematic side-events will be arranged, namely an ‘Exchange Forum with the Geospatial Industry’ on 23 October; and a ‘Seminar on the Integration of Statistical and Geospatial Information’ on 27 October.

For more information: http://ggim.un.org/