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NASG Delegation Participated in the 6th Session of UN-GGIM

Source:NASG    Time:2016-08-19 08:27:00

The Sixth Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from August 3-5, 2016. 245 delegates from over 90 countries, and 68 representatives from 50 observers, including international organizations, academic institutions and companies, participated in the Session. Dr. Li Pengde, Deputy Director General of the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation of China (NASG), led the Chinese delegation to the Session, and was re-elected as Co-Chair of UN-GGIM.

The Session reported and discussed about a number of agenda items, such as contribution of regional committees and thematic groups to the global geospatial information agenda, global geodetic reference frame, activities related to sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, determination of global fundamental geospatial data themes, integration of geospatial, statistical and other related information, application of geospatial information related to land administration and management, geospatial information and services for disasters, trends in national institutional arrangements in global geospatial information management, legal and policy frameworks, and implementation and adoption of standards for the global geospatial information community. A set of resolutions guiding the next step actions were adopted as the outcomes of the Session. Before and during the meeting, nearly 30 side events were organized by UN-GGIM regional committees and working groups.

One week before the Session, on 27 July 2016, and following a year-long consultative process on the comprehensive review of the work and operations of UN-GGIM, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) adopted a draft resolution entitled “Strengthening institutional arrangements on geospatial information management”. The resolution acknowledges the considerable achievements and progress made by the Committee of Experts over the past five years in the field of geospatial information management, and that the Committee is well placed to continue to contribute to the work of the United Nations. In adopting the draft resolution, ECOSOC agreed to broaden and strengthen the mandate of the Committee of Experts as the relevant body on geospatial information consisting of government experts. With this resolution, UN-GGIM started it version 2.0 journey.

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