In session: UN Committee of Geo-spatial Information Management Experts

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UN-GGIM Fourth Sessions begins today in New York
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Ministers and senior leaders from UN Member states and international organizations are meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City from 6 to 8 August 2014 for the Fourth Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM).

Senior executives from national geospatial information authorities within Member States, and international geospatial experts from across the globe will discuss 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 global sustainable development. Under the UN-GGIM mandate Member States are working to enhance collaborative efforts to better assist in production and accessibility of accurate and reliable geospatial information.

During the three day session, the Committee Experts will be addressing issues including: the enhancement of the global geodetic reference frame, the legal and policy frameworks including privacy laws required to support the use of authoritative geospatial data, the development of global mapping for sustainable development, the establishment and implementation of standards, the linkage of geospatial information to statistics and a shared statement of principles for the global geospatial community.

The official documents for the meeting include a report submitted by UNGIWG, the United Nations Geographic Information Working Group, which is chaired by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (DSS). The report describes the activities of its members in fostering closer coordination with the Committee of Experts, commensurate with the initiatives of the Committee, and within the United Nations geospatial information community.