In the FIG Article of the Month
series high-level papers focusing on interesting topics to
all surveyors are published. The paper can be picked up from a FIG
conference or another event.
The Article of the Month in June 2013 is written by Paul Munro-Faure
and Andrew Hilton, FAO, Italy:
Building on the consensus: FAO’s first twelve months after
endorsement of the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of
Tenure. In May 2012 the Voluntary Guidelines on the
Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in
the Context of National Food Security, which represent an
unprecedented international agreement on the governance of tenure,
and place secure access to land, fisheries and forests firmly in the
context of food security, was officially endorsed. This paper
describes the first twelve months of the FAO work, with its
partners, in developing and implementing a programme for making
improved governance of tenure a reality. FIG is co-organising a
Pacific Small Island Developing States Symposium at Fiji, 18-20
September 2013 addressing the specific challenges for the Pacific
area as a follow up on the SIDS (Small Island Developing States and
the Millennium Development Goals) Agenda for Action, started at the
FIG Congress 2010 in Sydney.
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May 2013 from here as a .pdf-file. If you do not already get your copy of
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The Global Land Tools Network (GLTN) in collaboration with the
International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) supported by Kadaster
International and Lantmateriet and other partners and stakeholders have
embarked on a process to develop a tool that can assist policy makers
and those responsible for land administration to adopt appropriate
technologies, methodologies and processes that will provide land
administration services more efficiently, cost effectively and with
options more appropriately tailored for incorporating all tenure types.
FIG Director Markku Villikka receives his Certificate of Appointment to
Honorary Member of FIG by FIG President CheeHai Teo.
The General Assembly appointed FIG
Director Markku Villikka as an Honorary Member at its meeting in
Abuja 6 May 2013. He has been the director of FIG since the
establishment of the permanent office 1.1.1999. In total his active
period in FIG is 25 remarkable years. Because the Director was not able
to be present at the Working Week in Abuja, the Honorary membership was
given to him by President CheeHai Teo during his visit to Finland
13 May 2013.
In his thanks Markku Villikka expressed gratitude that he had
started being active in FIG at a very young age and strongly encouraged
young surveyors to become active in the work of FIG. The appointment was
met with a long and strong applause at the General Assembly in Abuja .
transparent Land Governance: Evidence-based next
Steps” was the theme of Annual World Bank
Conference on Land and Poverty. The conference
brings together representatives from governments,
civil society, academia, the private sector and the
development community to discuss issues of concern
to land practitioners and policymakers worldwide.
As in previous years, FIG is privileged to
collaborate with the Bank as the Profession
continues to consider its contribution and relevance
within society, environment and economy, moving
beyond its competencies in measurement and
technological sophistication and abilities.
The Governing Council of the United Nations Human Settlement Programme
(UN-Habitat) meets every two years to review and examine its activities
and programs. The 24th Session of UN-Habitat’s Governing Council was
held between April 15th and 19th 2013 with the theme ‘Sustainable
Development: The role of cities in creating improved economic
opportunities for all, with special reference to youth and gender’.
Lamar Evers, Curt Sumner and Robert Dann
The national leadership of the National Society of Professional
Surveyors, NSPS met in the suburb of Gaithersburg, Maryland, outside
Washington DC, 12-14 April, 2013. President CheeHai Teo was invited and
welcomed the opportunity to address the Board of Governors Meeting and
to inform colleagues and fellow surveyors at the meeting on recent
global initiatives as well as international activities that has an
impact on the national and local practicing scene.
The council of Institute of Surveyors of Kenya and FIG President CheeHai
Chairman of the Institution of Surveyors of Kenya, Collins Kuwour
and his Council met President CheeHai Teo socially at the Stanley
Hotel in downtown Nairobi. In the course of the interactions during the
evening, the President noted a number of efforts by ISK to continually
advance the role and contribution of the Profession within Kenya.
Each year the Association of Authorized Land Surveyors Malaysia, the
Member Association from Malaysia, convened its annual general meeting
where its membership from around the country gathers for half a day to
dispense the business of the Association. The progress in organizing the
silver jubilee edition of the FIG Congress was also reported.
FIG General Assembly 2013 - Abuja, Nigeria, 6 and 10 May 2013 -
Nicon Luxury Hotel where the General Assembly will take place
The 36th FIG General Assembly will be held 6 and 10 May
2013 at the Conference Hall, Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria. The
agenda is now available and the FIG Office has sent an invitation and
hard copy of the agenda without appendices to all members.
The Local Organising Committee
|"From the wisdom of the ages to the
challenges of the modern world".
Read about the background for choosing the theme of the
Working Week 2015. At the FIG General Assembly in Rome 2012,
Bulgaria was elected to be the host of the Working week
2015, and the preparation already started in June 2012.The
local organizing committee is already working intensely on
the preparations. FIG visited Sofia to discuss and work on
Members of the JBGIS present at the Forum took the
opportunity to have an ad-hoc meeting on the sideline of the
|The Forum was staged pursuant to convene
global forums to promote comprehensive dialogue on global
geospatial information management with all relevant
governments, non-governmental organizations and the private
sector. The Forum provided member states and stakeholders
the unique opportunity to share and learn from each other to
support local, regional and global sustainable development
FIG Surveying Education Database (SEDB)
The Surveying Education
Database (SEDB) on Professional Education is
in full operation.
Universities and institutions are able with their user-ID
to make changes directly to the database. Any academic department
offering graduate and post-graduate courses in any surveying discipline
can place a standard entry on the SEDB.
The Surveying Education Database is a major benefit for being an
Academic Member of FIG. Academic Members of FIG can add a
and additional information to their standard entries.
International Federation of Surveyors, FIG
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Tel. + 45 3318 5504 (direct)
Office and Event Coordinator
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