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October 25th, 2017 2:15 PM   to   4:00 PM

Hear first hand from the UK delegation to the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) on the opportunities and benefits of this international initiative. Also presenting will be Denise McKenzie and Peter ter Haar. The meeting provides an opportunity to hear about the work of UN Member States and about the development of both a Private Sector and Academic Network in which you may participate.

UN-GGIM aims at playing a leading role in setting the agenda for the development of global geospatial information and to promote its use to address key global challenges. It provides a forum to liaise and coordinate among Member States, and between Member States and international organizations. More information at

The 7th meeting of the Committee of Experts took place 2 – 4th August all the speakers attended which makes them well placed to bring you news of the latest developments in the:

  • Global geodetic reference frame.
  • Determination of global fundamental geospatial data themes.
  • Legal and policy frameworks, including issues related to authoritative data.
  • Implementation and adoption of standards for the global geospatial information community.
  • Integration of geospatial, statistical and other related information.
  • Application of geospatial information related to land administration and management.
  • Geospatial information for sustainable development and for disasters.
  • Marine geospatial information. 

The meeting is kindly sponsored by Ordnance Survey. There is no fee to attend. 

The agenda is available here. 

Event Overview: 

A good number of members attended the information workshop on the United Nations programme to improve Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) on 25th October.

Speakers described the evolution of UN-GGIM as the apex intergovernmental mechanism for making joint decisions and setting directions with regard to the production, availability and use of geospatial information within national, regional and global policy frameworks. And they heard how UK, led by Ordnance Survey, HMLR and ONS, are contributing to improvements in the use and usability of geospatial information to address global challenges, including in the development agendas.

Attendees heard how individuals and organisations in the UK can contribute through the academic and private sector networks. A recording of the meeting is available here. 

Academic Organisations wanting more information, including details of how to join the network will find more details at:

Private sector companies wanting more information, including details of how to join the network will find more details at:

If you are interested to see what Europe is doing why not follow UN-GGIM Europe on Twitter

Dave Lovell



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