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2 The UN discusses Global Geospatial Information Management Just like statistics, every country must have authoritative, trusted, maintained, definitive mapping data Professor Paul Cheung, Director, United Nations Statistics Division, Geospatial World Forum, Amsterdam, May 2012

3 UN-GGIM What is it? The United Nations Initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management, an initiative to enhance and coordinate global geospatial information management Provides a formal mechanism under the UN to discuss and coordinate GGIM activities by involving Member States at the highest Government level as the key participants

4 UN-GGIM where does it fit in? Secretary General OICT OIOS OLA ODA DM DESA DPA DPKO DFS DSS DPI DGACM OCHA ODC UNOG UNOV UNON OHCHR OOSA Missions Department of Economic and Social Affairs UN Statistics and Geospatial Information Division Department of Field Support Logistics Support Division UN Cartographic Section UN-GGIM Secretariat

5 UN-GGIM why? Strengthen national capacity and improve global availability of authoritative, trusted, maintained, definitive mapping data and its appropriate coordination and dissemination There was no global forum at governmental level for member states where global geospatial information management issues can be discussed; Statistics and Environment already have similar structures Due to the global nature of policy challenges and the opportunities offered by the fast development of IT capabilities, there was general support for the idea to create a global forum, supported by an expert committee, to discuss and help address Geospatial Information Management issues

6 UN-GGIM: what are its aims? An Inter-Governmental mechanism to make joint decisions and set directions on the production and use of geospatial information within national and global policy frameworks Working with Governments to improve policy, institutional arrangements and legal frameworks Addressing global issues and contributing collective knowledge as a community with shared interests and concerns Developing effective strategies to build geospatial capacity in developing countries Realizing a Vision: To make accurate, reliable and authoritative geospatial information readily available to support national, regional and global development.

7 Location information and Rio+20

8 UNGGIM How it works Committee Of Experts on UN-GGIM

9 Second Session of the Committee of Experts August 2012 he second session of the UN-GGIM Committee of Experts (UN-GGIM2) convened at UN Headquarters in New York in August 2012, with over 200 delegates in attendance

10 UN-GGIM2: Key Decisions Decisions adopted to progress the effective development and coordination of global geospatial information: Establish a global geodetic reference framework Gather global case studies that demonstrate the value proposition of GI Communicate the efforts of UN-GGIM in supporting sustainable development agenda Regional entities undertake an assessment of regional efforts and priorities Consider issues related to standards setting in the international community Consider a shared statement of principles for the UN-GGIM community Consider ways to develop a global map for sustainable development Develop a global knowledge base for geospatial information

11 Ongoing work streams Current major work strands ongoing include: development of a global body of trusted, reliable and authoritative geospatial data to facilitate and support sustainable development; vision for future trends in geospatial information management in next 5 to 10 years; development of a global geospatial information management knowledge base; development of a global geodetic reference framework.

12 Future Trends in geospatial information management: the 5-10 year vision

13 UMM and emergency number UKE PLI CBD UMM Telecom. operator 112 Public telephone network Stationary and mobile 112 emergency call centers (all country) Location of events

14 Sustainable Environmental Management Kingdom of Bahrain

15 Why UN-GGIM: Europe The context for Europe

16 UN-GGIM: Europe The formation of UN-GGIM: Europe Regional Committee has been divided into a three stage process: 1. An inaugural phase (from November 2012 until November 2013; 2. A transitional phase, to ensure a smooth functioning of UN-GGIM: Europe from the moment it is formally established; 3. An operational phase following the official establishment of UN-GGIM: Europe Regional Committee after the Fourth UN-GGIM Committee of Experts (August 2014). But work has already started even in the inaugural phase

17 Focus Points for UN-GGIM: Europe Focus Points build upon the Inventory of Issues identified by the UN-GGIM Committee of Experts (New York 2012) Concentrates on key European actions which are likely to produce results in the short/mid term INSPIRE Establishment of a European Union Location Framework (EULF) European Location Framework (E.L.F.) Copernicus ESS action on Merging Statistics and Geospatial Information All provide a genuine European angle on global challenges and enables UN-GGIM: Europe to bring a European perspective to UN-GGIM Focus Points led to the identification of the three Clusters of work

18 UN-GGIM: Europe Working Groups Cluster 1 - Data definition and access conditions Cluster 3 - Institutional arrangements supporting the goals of UN-GGIM Cluster 2 - Interoperability and data infrastructures for geospatial information

19 Working Group on Cluster 1 Working Group led by France Data definition and access conditions Scope: Definition of geospatial information in the UN-GGIM sense, focus on data, quality criteria and use conditions. Focus Points covered: 6) Harmonised licencing conditions of authoritative geospatial data sets; 8) Analyse the respective roles of National Mapping Authorities, pan European associations and EU institutions with respect to the definition of harmonised pan European data sets; 9) Identification of a basic collection of authoritative reference GIS datasets; 10) Common framework for Points of Interest (POI) complementing reference datasets: 11) Definition of quality criteria for authoritative reference data sets 13) Agreements on the implementation of open core global reference datasets free of charge at point of use; Consider roles and requirements of information complementing the terrestrial environment and maximise synergies between ground/marine and space based information.

20 Working Group on Cluster 2 Working Group led by Sweden Interoperability and data infrastructures for geospatial information Scope: Design of an interoperability framework for sharing geospatial information in Europe Focus Points covered: 2) Provide an overview of National Location strategies and overall data policy frameworks adopted or under development in European countries and at EU level; 3) Intgrate the statistical component into the geospatial framework; 4) Provide materials and examples of legal and technical institutional arrangements; 5) Impact analysis of the implementation of INSPIRE; 13) Agreements on the implementation of open core global reference datasets free of charge and at the point of use; 17) Protocols and policies for exchange of geospatial and statistical data; 20) Integrate the European Statistical System in the vision for a coordinated geospatial information management at the European level.

21 Working Group on Cluster 3 Working Group led by Italy Institutional arrangements supporting the goals of UN-GGIM Scope: Best practices in terms of organisations, co-operations, policy support, supporting the creation of a European location strategy for UN-GGIM. Focus Points covered: 2) Provide an overview of National Location strategies and overall data policy frameworks adopted or under development in European countries and at the EU level; 4) Provide material and examples of legal and technical institutional arrangements; 18) Institutional arrangements for the work of UN-GGIM Europe; 19) Propose measures to streamline roles and responsibilities at European, National and local level, to increase efficiency and minimise duplications of effort; and 20) Integrate the European Statistical System in the vision for a coordinated geospatial information management at the European level.

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