FIG President Teo attends the 17th Meeting of the Permanent Committee on GIS Infrastructure for Asia and the Pacific

21- 22 July 2011, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 

The Permanent Committee was established pursuant to Resolution 16 of the 13th United Nations Regional Cartographic Conference for Asia and the Pacific (Beijing 1994) and operates under the purview of the United Nations Regional Cartographic Conference for Asia and the Pacific (UNRCC-AP). The Committee submits its report and recommendations to that Conference.

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The aims of the Permanent Committee are to maximize the economic, social and environmental benefits of geographic information in accordance with Agenda 21 by providing a forum for nations from Asia and the Pacific to:

  • cooperate in the development of a regional geographic information infrastructure;
  • contribute to the development of the global geographic information infrastructure;
  • share experiences and consult on matters of common interest; and
  • participate in any other form of activity such as education, training, and technology transfer.

The Administration of Land Affairs, Construction, Geodesy and Cartography, Ministry of Road, Transportation, Construction and Urban Planning Mongolia hosted the 17th Meeting of the Permanent Committee at the Chinggis Khaan Hotel, Ulaanbaatar. The Executive Board comprises 11 member countries, the current President of PCGIAP is PR China, and Vice President is Japan with the Republic of Korea providing the Secretary. The remaining eight members of the Executive Board are Australia, Brunei Darussalam, India, Indonesia, Iran, Mongolia, Malaysia and Singapore. PCGIAP comprises 56 jurisdictions in the Asia Pacific and within 29 of these, FIG has a presence.

At the meeting FIG as an observer, was given the opportunity to make a presentation and President CheeHai Teo introduced the current FIG Council and its priorities as well as exploring opportunities for contribution and collaboration. These proposals were also made in anticipation of a successful outcome at the inaugural United Nations High Level Forum on Global Geospatial Information Management on 24– 26 October 2011 to be hosted by the Government of the Republic of Korea in Seoul.

Following from the proposals and subsequent discussions, specifically, FIG welcomes the following resolutions that was adopted at the conclusion of the 17th PCGIAP Meeting in Ulaanbaatar –

  • Resolution WG 1.4 - “Undertake outreach to support geodetic activities in the region by liaison with related organizations including FIG”
  • Resolution WG 3.4 - “With the theme ‘Beyond Spatial Enablement – Land Administration to Support Spatially Enabled Government’, convene the 4th PCGIAP Forum on Land Administration in conjunction with the 10th Year Anniversary of the Centre for SDIs and Land Administration, University of Melbourne, in October 2011”
  • Resolution WG 3.5 - “With the theme ‘Spatially Enabled Government and Society’ convene an International Symposium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in February 2012 hosted by the Department of Survey and Mapping Malaysia”

FIG, through the Task Force on Spatially Enabled Society and in association with GSDI Association, will support the 4th PCGIAP Land Administration Forum on “Beyond Spatial Enablement” at the University of Melbourne in October 2011 that will lead to the International Symposium in February 2012 on “Spatially Enabled Government and Society” as well as the possibility of a 5th PCGIAP Land Administration Forum later in 2012 before UNRCC-AP in October 2012. It is part of FIG’s contribution towards Global Geospatial Information Management and efforts to cascade down to the operative level these high level initiatives.

FIG, through Commission 5 and 6 and in association with IAG, will be supporting a PCGIAP Training activity on Geodesy in the Philippines on the sideline of the 12th South East Asian Survey Congress in 2013.

FIG, through the Task Force on Surveyors and Climate Change and in association with other regional Partners, will explore opportunities to further the “FIG Sydney Agenda for Action”, an Agenda aimed at addressing the challenges of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with a special focus on the Pacific Region. The Agenda emphasised the importance of good land governance especially in relation to climate change and natural disaster; access to land, coastal and marine resources; and secure tenure rights and administration as well as aiming to building the capacity of natural and built environment professionals to deal with these challenges.

CheeHai TEO
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
23 July 2011

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