The International Steering Committee for Global Mapping (ISCGM) was established in February 13,1996 in Tsukuba Japan by the participants of the Preparatory Meeting of the ISCGM. And the First Meeting of the ISCGM was held in February 14, 1996.
The primary purpose of this Committee is to examine measures that concerned national, regional and international organizations can take to foster the development of Global Mapping in order to facilitate the implementation of global agreements and conventions for environmental protection as well as the mitigation of natural disasters and to encourage economic growth within the context of sustainable development.
This Committee shall advocate the importance of Global Mapping, exchange views, facilitate coordination and give recommendations on a periodic basis to attain the objective provided in Article 2. The Committee will also conduct various studies and research, when necessary, and make public the results of its activities.