The Fifth Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on UN-GGIM

3 Aug 2015 to 7 Aug 2015
New York, United States of America

ESCAP attended the Fifth Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on UN-GGIM and related side events from 3-4 August 2015 which were held from 4-7 August 2015 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The Fifth Session of UN-GGIM brought together senior executives from national geospatial information and statistical authorities within Member States, and international geospatial experts from across the globe. With more than 290 participants from 86 countries, 9 international organisations, 10 UN bodies, and 30 private sector/non-goverment entities, the discussions and outcomes further recognised and determined the critical role of geospatial information management and the need for strengthened collaboration and joined initiatives, to advance the development and use of geospatial data and tools to support sustainable development and related global agendas.

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) established the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) in July 2011 (ECOSOC resolution 2011/24) as the official UN consultative mechanism on GGIM. The main objectives of the UN Committee are to provide a forum for coordination and dialogue among Member States, and between Member States and relevant international organizations and to propose work-plans and guidelines with a view to promoting common principles, policies, methods, mechanisms and standards for the interoperability and inter-changeability of geospatial data and services.