Deqing, Zhejiang Province, China

19 November 2018

Secretary-General's video message to UN World Geospatial Information Congress

I am pleased to greet the first United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress.
To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals we need reliable, timely, accessible and disaggregated geospatial information for decision-making, ensuring effective and inclusive development initiatives and measuring progress.
Your expertise in geospatial data, methods, frameworks, tools, and platforms is essential.
During the next three days, you will address a wide range of issues -- from new and emerging technologies, sharing the digital economy and building smart societies to promoting international cooperation and building a human data and geography community for a shared future.
I wish you a productive meeting.
Let us use geospatial information to build a safer, better world where no one is left behind.
Thank you.