FIG General Assembly

Agenda

33rd General Assembly
11 and 16 April 2010 in Sydney, Australia

PROGRAMME

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Sunday, 11 April 2010
SCEC, Sydney, Australia

Sunday
11 April

09:00-12:00
13:00-15:00
Parkside Ballroom, SCEC

General Assembly, First Session

Sunday
11 April
18:30-20:30
Sydney Town Hall
Welcome reception
(all participants)
Monday, 12 April 2010
SCEC, Sydney, Australia
Monday
12 April
08:00-09:30
SCEC
See programme for rooms
Annual Meetings of FIG Commissions

Monday
12 April

09:45-11:30
Bayside Auditorium B,
SCEC

Opening Ceremony
(all participants)

Monday, 12 April – Thursday, 15 April 2010
FIG Congress 2010

SCEC, Sydney, Australia – www.fig2010.com and www.fig.net/fig2010/techprog.htm
Friday, 16 April 2010
SCEC, Sydney, Australia
Friday
16 April
08:30-10:30
Bayside 202, SCEC
Presidents’ Meeting
for Presidents of Member Associations (or their representatives),
by invitation only
Friday
16 April
11:00–14:00
Parkside Ballroom, SCEC
General Assembly, Second Session
Friday
16 April
14:30-16:00
Parkside Ballroom, SCEC
Closing Ceremony
Friday
16 April
16:00-17:00
Parkside Foyer, SCEC
Farewell Reception

FIG 33rd GENERAL ASSEMBLY

AGENDA

for the meetings to be held in Grand Ballroom B
at the Sydney Convention and Exhibitor Centre, Sydney, Australia
on the 11th and 16th of April 2010


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List of Agenda Items

Sunday, 11 April, 09:00-12:00 and 13:00-15:00
  1. OPENING PROCEEDINGS

  2. ROLL CALL

  3. APPOINTMENT OF TELLERS

  4. ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

  5. ADOPTION OF THE MINUTES OF THE 32nd GENERAL ASSEMBLY

  6. MEMBERSHIP

  7. FIG MEMBERS’ DATABASE

  8. PRESIDENT’S REPORT

  9. HONORARY MEMBERS

  10. REPORTS FROM FIG COMMISSIONS AND NETWORKS

  11. REPORTS FROM THE DIRECTORS OF PERMANENT INSTITUTIONS

  12. REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE FIG FOUNDATION

  13. REPORTS OF TASK FORCES

  14. CO-OPERATION WITH THE UNITED NATIONS AND THE WORLD BANK

  15. LIAISON WITH INTERNATIONAL PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATIONS

  16. FIG CONFERENCES 2009

  17. FIG OFFICE DEVELOPMENT PLAN

  18. FIG ACCOUNTS FOR 2009 AND AUDITOR’S REPORT AND BUDGET FOR 2010, 2011 AND 2012

  19. SUBSCRIPTION RATES FOR 2012

  20. ELECTION OF FIG PRESIDENT 2011-2014

  21. ELECTION OF FIG VICE PRESIDENTS 2011-2014

  22. SELECTION OF VENUE OF FIG CONGRESS 2014

Friday, 16 April, 8:30-10:30 – Presidents’ Meeting (by invitation only)
  1. PRESIDENTS’ MEETING

Friday, 16 April, 11:00–14:00
  1. ROLL CALL

  2. MEMBERSHIP

  3. ELECTION OF FIG PRESIDENT 2011-2014

  4. ELECTION OF FIG VICE PRESIDENTS 2011-2014

  5. REPORT FROM ACCO

  6. APPOINTMENT OF FIG COMMISSION CHAIRS 2011-2014

  7. CO-OPERATION WITH THE FIG CORPORATE MEMBERS

  8. DECISION ON THE VENUE OF THE FIG CONGRESS 2014

  9. FIG SYDNEY DECLARATION

  10. OTHER ISSUES

  11. REPORT ON THE FIG WORKING WEEK 2011 IN MARRAKECH, MOROCCO, 18-22 MAY 2011

  12. REPORT ON THE FIG WORKING WEEK 2012 IN ROME, ITALY, 6-11 MAY 2012

  13. PRESENTATION OF CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION


Sunday 11 April 2010


Sunday, 11 April, 09:00-12:00 and 13:00-15:00
Parkside Ballroom, SCEC, Sydney, Australia
General Assembly, First Session

1. OPENING PROCEEDINGS

President Stig Enemark to open the 33rd General Assembly.

2. ROLL CALL

Vice President Matt Higgins to take the roll call.

Please note: The roll call will be done for member associations and affiliate members only. Delegates representing academic members, corporate members and correspondents as well as honorary presidents and honorary members will be entered in the records but they shall register before the meeting starts at the meeting place to the FIG officers. Member associations were asked to inform the FIG Office by 26 March 2010 about their attendance and at the same time to submit the names of their delegates and to inform who the leader of the delegation is. That only member associations that have paid all their membership fees to the end of 2009 are allowed to vote at the meeting, a list of member associations that are not allowed to vote has been published on the FIG web site 15 March 2010.

Appendix to items 2 & 24: Roll Call (144 kB) 4 April 2010
Appendix to items 2 & 24: List of member associations that are not allowed to vote at the General Assembly because of unpaid membership fees for 2009 and earlier 15 April 2010

Motion: That present members are recorded in the minutes.

Decision:

3. APPOINTMENT OF TELLERS

The General Assembly shall appoint two persons as tellers following the principle adopted at the 22nd General Assembly so that the tellers will represent member associations hosting the preceding (the Association of Licensed Surveyors in Israel, ALSI) and the current General Assembly (the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute, SSSI).

Motion: That the General Assembly appoints Dr. Haim Srebro from ALSI and Mr. Craig Sandy from SSSI as a teller for the two sessions of the General Assembly.

Decision:

4. ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

Motion: That the agenda be adopted.

Decision:

5. ADOPTION OF THE MINUTES OF THE 32nd GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Minutes have been circulated previously.

Appendix to item 5: Minutes of the General Assembly in Eilat, Israel, May 2009

Minutes of the General Assembly in Eilat, Israel, May 2009, without appendices, pdf-format. (168 kB)

Motion: That the minutes be adopted as recorded.

Decision:

6. MEMBERSHIP

6.1 Acceptance of new members

6.1.1 Cyprus Association of Valuers and Property Consultants

The Cyprus Association of Valuers and Property Consultants have submitted an application to become the second member association of FIG from Cyprus. The association has been constituted in 2007 after the previous association that included valuers and quantity surveyors was divided into two separate associations. The valuers association has currently 83 members. The current member association the Cyprus Association of Rural and Surveying Engineers has been contacted on the application and they have not opposed the application. The application meets the criteria for membership in FIG as a member association. The Council has considered the application and believes that the association meets criteria for membership of FIG as a member association.

Appendix to item 6.1.1: Membership application from the Cyprus Association of Valuers and Property Consultant (109 kB)

Motion: That the General Assembly admits the Cyprus Association of Valuers and Property Consultants to become a member association of FIG.

Decision:

6.1.2 The Nepal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

The Nepal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has submitted an application to become a member association of FIG from Nepal. The association has been constituted in May 2008. It members include licensed surveyors and the number of members is at the moment 27 qualified and 37 qualifying members. Nepal has earlier been a member of FIG but the former association is not active any longer. The application meets the criteria for membership in FIG as a member association. The Council has considered the application and believes that the association meets criteria for membership of FIG as a member association.

Appendix to item 6.1.2: Membership application from The Nepal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (19 kB).

Motion: That the General Assembly admits The Nepal Institution of Chartered Surveyors to become a member association of FIG.

Decision:

6.1.3 Geodetic Association of Herceg-Bosnia

The Geodetic Association of Herceg-Bosnia has submitted an application to become a member association of FIG from Bosnia-Herzegovina. The association has been constituted in 1995. The association in total 70 qualified members. The application meets the criteria for membership in FIG as a member association. The Council has considered the application and believes that the association meets criteria for membership of FIG as a member association.

Appendix to item 6.1.3: Membership application from the Geodetic Association of Herceg-Bosnia (9 kB)

Motion: That the General Assembly admits the Geodetic Association of Herceg-Bosnia to become a member association of FIG.

Decision:

6.2 Other member association issues

Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute, SSSI, Australia

The Institute of Surveyors Australia, ISA has merged with the Spatial Sciences Institute at the end of June and submitted FIG a letter requesting to move the membership from ISA to the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute, SSSI. The Council has considered the application and has agreed to move the membership of ISA to SSSI representing Australia in FIG.

Motion: That the Council records the decision of the Council to move the Australian membership in FIG from ISA to SSSI.

Decision:

Ordre des Géomètres du Togo (10 April 2010)

The FIG Council has restored the membership of the Ordre des Géomètres du Togo because the association has taken care of all its responsibilities and should have not been expelled in 2007.

Motion: That the General Assembly records the Council decision.

Decision:

Danish Association of Chartered Surveyors, DdL, Denmark

The Danish Association of Chartered Surveyors, DdL has been a great supporter of FIG since the FIG Office was established in Copenhagen 1999. This has included lot of in kind support and offering the FIG office space free of charge. Now after ten years it is the right time for FIG to take full responsibility of the office also by starting to pay rent for the office. This has been informed earlier and is included in the FIG budget. Based on the long term support from DdL to FIG the FIG Council has decided to recognise DdL at the General Assembly with a certificate of appreciation. The Council is grateful that the support from DdL to FIG will continue also in the future.

Motion: That the General Assembly recognises the DdL for its continuous support to FIG by a certificate of appreciation and by listing DdL under other sponsorship in Corporate Membership list.

Decision:

6.3 Expulsion of member associations 12 March 2010

Subscriptions of following member associations are more than three years in arrears:

  • Syndicat National des Géomètres (SYNAGETAB), Benin
  • Botswana Surveying and Mapping Association, Botswana
  • Colegio de Ingenieros Topógrafos A. C., Mexico

The General Assembly has powers to expel from the Federation any member association whose fees are in arrears and shall under normal circumstances expel any member association whose fees are three years in arrears. (Article 4.3 of the Statutes). The FIG office has sent a letter to these associations informing that if their membership fees are still in arrears at the time of the General Assembly the General Assembly shall expel these member associations in Sydney.

After acceptance of new member associations and expulsions the number of FIG member associations is 100.

Motion: That the General Assembly expels the

  • Syndicat National des Géomètres (SYNAGETAB), Benin
  • Botswana Surveying and Mapping Association, Botswana
  • Colegio de Ingenieros Topógrafos A. C., Mexico

from the FIG membership if their membership fees still are in arrears 11 April 2010.

Decision:

6.4 Other membership issues

Affiliate members  3 April 2010

The FIG Council has accepted following new affiliate members to FIG after the latest General Assembly in 2009:

  • Afghan Land Consulting Organization, ALCO, Afghanistan
  • Italian Society of Photogrammetry and Topography, SIFET, Italy
  • Swiss Federal Office of Topography, Swisstopo, Switzerland
  • National Cartographic Center, Iran
  • Afghanistan Information Management Services (AIMS), Afghanistan (2nd affiliate member from Afghanistan)
  • Cadastral Survey Bureau of Land Management, Dept. of the Interior (BLM), USA
  • State Geodetic Administration of Republic of Croatia (DGU), Croatia

The Agency for Land Management, Geodesy and Cartography from Tajikistan has terminated its membership in FIG.

After this change the number of affiliate members is 34.

Corporate members

The Council has admitted the following companies to become a Corporate Member of FIG after the General Assembly in 2009:

  • Geotrilho Topografia Engenharia e Projecto lda, Portugal, Level E (basic level)
  • Geoweb S.p.A., Italy, category C (silver level)
  • Coordinates Magazine, India, category F (regional level)

MENSI S.A, Schonstedt Instrument Company, GIS Development, Hansa Luftbild and REIDIN.com have withdrawn their membership from FIG.

After these changes the number of corporate members is now 35.

Academic members

The Council has admitted the following universities and institutions to become an academic member:

  • The National Research Institute of Astronomy & Geophysics, Geodynamics Department, Egypt
  • The College of Estate Management, United Kingdom
  • Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
  • College of Technology, University of Houston, USA
  • Center for Soil Protection and Land Use Policy (Zentrum für Bodenschutz und Flächenhaushaltspolitik am Umwelt), (ZBF-UCB), Germany
  • School of Rural Estate and Planning, Reading University, United Kingdom.

The number of Academic Members after these changes is 89.

Correspondents

The Council has admitted following new correspondents:

  • Habtemicael Weldegiorgis, Director General, Cadastral Office, Ministry of Land, Water and Environment (MLWE), Eritrea
  • Melkamu Belachew Moges, Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia
  • Jose Espejo Vasquez, Geodetic Surveyor, Peru (with aim to create Peruvian Congress on Geodesy, Surveying and Geomatic)

The membership has been limited to the end of 2010 with condition that their membership will only be continued if there is progress in forming professional association in their country. During this period the correspondents are expected to work for getting their country to join FIG at a higher membership level.

Number of correspondents is currently 18.

Motion: That the General Assembly notes the actions that the Council has taken with other membership matters.

Decision:

7. FIG MEMBERS’ DATABASE

At previous congresses member associations have been requested to prepare national reports on their activities for the congress proceedings. The Council has considered this concept and decided instead study options to build a FIG members´ database. The idea is to establish a short description of the profession for the members association within each country. The kind of template should include both a section on statistics and a section describing the profession in terms of the 10 commissions of FIG. The statistical section should include information such as: area and population of the country; number of surveyors in the country and number of surveyors belonging to the member association; and indications whether the association has adopted a code of ethics and professional conduct, a CPD program, and a mutual recognition program.

The purpose of the Members’ database is that it would then be easy to get a quick overview of the profile of the surveying profession in each member country whenever needed for whatever purpose.

The Council has prepared an example case study (concept model) from Denmark and Australia that the President will present at the General Assembly. If the General Assembly is supportive to the concept an Internet based database will be produced for implementation by the end of 2010.

Motion: That the General Assembly records the reports and that the Council proceeds with the Members’ database based on comments from the members.

Decision:

8. PRESIDENT’S REPORT

The President has prepared a report on the activities of the President and the Council since the General Assembly in Eilat. The President will give a subsequent report orally at the meeting including an overall evaluation of the achievements in relation to the 2007-2010. A more detailed presentation on the FIG achievements during the 2007-2010 term of office will be given by the President in the first plenary session on Monday 12 April.

Appendix to item 8: President’s report (122 kB)

Motion: That the General Assembly accepts the President’s report.

Decision:

9. HONORARY MEMBERS

The Council has received three nominations for Honorary Members: Colegio Oficial de Ingenieros Técnicos en Topografia (COIT) from Spain has nominated Prof. Pedro Cavero, Geo-Information Netherlands (GIN) has nominated Prof. Paul van der Molen (Netherlands), and Norges Jordskiftekandidatforening, faglig gruppe av Tekna (NJKF) from Norway has nominated Mr. Helge Onsrud.

Appendix to item 9: The nomination letters for:

According to the Statutes paragraph 3.1.7 an individual who has materially assisted the development and promotion of the surveying profession at the international level can be appointed as an honorary member. Nomination for this appointment shall be made by a member association or the Council, which will consider it and submit it to a vote of the General Assembly.

The Council has considered all three proposals and decided to propose to the General Assembly that it appoints Prof. Pedro Cavero, Prof. Paul van der Molen and Mr. Helge Onsrud as Honorary Members of the Federation for the outstanding services they have provided to the Federation in different positions and functions.

Motion: That the General Assembly appoints Prof. Pedro Cavero, Prof. Paul van der Molen and Mr. Helge Onsrud Honorary Members of FIG.

Decision:

10. REPORTS FROM FIG COMMISSIONS AND NETWORKS

Vice President Matt Higgins, Chair of ACCO will make an oral presentation on behalf of the ACCO on the Commission activities and on results of the ACCO meeting held in Sydney. A more detailed presentation on Commission activities 2007-2010 will be given by Matt Higgins in the first plenary session on Monday 12 April.

Each Commission Chair has submitted a written report on their Commission activities since the FIG Working Week in Eilat. These reports include progress reports of the Commission working groups. Each Commission will hold an annual or other meeting during the Congress in Sydney. Reports from Young Surveyors Network and Standards Network are presented under Commission reports.

Appendices to item 10: Commission reports:

FIG Commissions have finished following publications that will be available in Sydney:

There are several Commission publications (Commissions 4, 5, 8 and 9) under preparation and some of these will be ready by Sydney and the rest by the end of 2010. These include Issues in Coastal Development (Joint WG 8.4 and WG 4.3 report); FIG guide to find best practice on port hydrography (Commission 4 WG 4.1); Economic Benefits of Hydrography (Commission 4 WG 4.4) and Compulsory Purchase and Compensation (Commission 9).

The Council has made following decisions about Commissions and their working groups:

  • appointed in August 2009 Robert Sinkner from Czech Republic as the acting Chair Elect of Commission 10 with immediate effect.
  • agreed to establish a new Working Group on “Ubiquitous Positioning Technologies and Techniques” under Commission 5 (joint with Commission 6) that will be a collaborative working group with IAG. This working group will continue its work 2011-2014. Allison Kealy, FIG (Australia) and Günther Retscher, IAG (Austria) has been appointed as co-chairs.
  • decided to terminate Working Group 8.5 (Land Use Planning and Implementation) chaired by Maria Ulfvarsson-Östlund based on Commission 8 proposal.

Motion: That the General Assembly

  • adopts the reports of the Commission chairs and records its thanks to the chairs and other officers of the Commissions for their past year’s work
  • records the Commission publications for information and records its thanks to editors and authors of these publications
  • records the decisions on commissions and working groups made by the Council.

Decision:

11. REPORTS FROM THE DIRECTORS OF PERMANENT INSTITUTIONS

11.1 International Office of Cadastre and Land Records (Office International du Cadastre et du Régime Foncier) OICRF

Prof. Paul van der Molen, Director of OICRF has prepared a report on the OICRF activities since the General Assembly in Eilat. He will make a short subsequent report orally at the General Assembly.

Appendix to item 11.1: Report from the International Office of Cadastre and Land Records (Office International du Cadastre et du Régime Foncier) OICRF (120 kB)

In the report OICRF has proposed that the General Assembly appoints Mr. Christiaan Lemmen as the new Chairperson of OICRF and Ms. Pauline van Elsland as the new Secretary of OICRF. Mr. Lemmen will precede Prof. Paul van der Molen who will retire from OICRF after leading the institution for more than 15 years.

Motion: That the General Assembly adopts the report and appoints Mr. Christiaan Lemmen as the new OICRF President and Ms. Pauline van Elsland as the new OICRF Secretary and that the General Assembly records its thanks to the members of OICRF for their past year’s work and sincere thanks to Prof. Paul van der Molen for his long and outstanding work in OICRF.

Decision:

11.2 International Institution for the History of Surveying and Measurement, Permanent Institution of FIG

Mr. Jan de Graeve, President of the IIHSM has prepared a report on the IIHSM activities since the General Assembly in Eilat. A FIG Publication on the IIHMS and its achievements will be launched in Sydney.

Appendix to item 11.2: Report and publication:

Motion: That the General Assembly:

  • adopts the report and records its thanks to the Director and the members of the permanent institution for their past year’s work
  • records the publication on History of Surveying and record its thanks to the editors and authors of the publication.

Decision:

12. REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE FIG FOUNDATION

Mr. John Hohol, President of the FIG Foundation has prepared a report on the FIG Foundation activities from May 2009 to January 2010. He will make a subsequent report orally at the General Assembly and announce the FIG Foundation Fellowships for 2010.

Appendix to item 12: Report of the FIG Foundation activities May 2009 – January 2010 (478 kB)

Motion: That the General Assembly adopts the report of the President of the FIG Foundation and records its thanks to the President and members of the Board of Directors of the FIG Foundation for their past year’s work.

Decision:

13. REPORTS OF TASK FORCES

At the moment FIG has four Task Forces: 1) Institutional and Organisational Development, chaired by Iain Greenway; 2) Developing Global Land Tools for Pro Poor Land Management, chaired by Paul van der Molen (including the FIG/UN-HABITAT co-operation in Global Land Tool Network and developing Social Tenure Domain Model); 3) Task Force on Spatially Enabled Society, chaired by Daniel Steudler; and 4) FIG Africa Task Force, chaired by Diane Dumashie.

Vice President Iain Greenway has prepared a report on the progress of the Task Force on Institutional and Organisational Development. The final result of the Task Force has been published as FIG publication No 47 on Institutional and professional development and is available on the web at: www.fig.net/pub/figpub/pub47/figpub47.pdf. Hard copies of the publication will be available at the General Assembly. The report closes the work of the task force.

The tasks of the Task Force on Developing Global Land Tools for Pro Poor Land Management have in fact been taken over by the President because of change in the policies of co-operation with UN-HABITAT. The FIG activities with UN-HABITAT are now concentrated in the Global Land Tool Network where President Enemark is representing FIG in the International Advisory Board and in the project on developing the Social Tenure Domain Model. The President reports on these issues under agenda item 14 that is Co-operation with the United Nations. The results include the publication “Informal Urban Development in Europe. A case study from Albania and Greece” that is prepared by expert support from FIG (Dr. Chryssy Potsiou) and will be published by UN-HABITAT/GLTN. This Task Force has also been actively involved in the Social Tenure Domain Model, a publication on the project to be available in Sydney.

Dr. Diane Dumashie has prepared as progress report on the activities of the FIG Task Force on Africa (2010-2014).

Dr. Daniel Steudler has prepared an interim report on the Task Force on Spatially Enabled Society. The final report of this report will be launched by the end of 2010.

Appendix to item 13: Task Force reports:

Motion: That the General Assembly

  • records all Task Force reports and records its thanks to the Chairs of the Task Forces and their members
  • records the FIG Publication no. 47 Institutional and Organisational Development – A Guide for Managers and recommends it for FIG members for use and distribution and decides to close the Task Force on Institutional and Organisational Development as its work has come to an end
  • decides to close the FIG Task Force on Spatially Enabled Society and Developing Global Land Tools for Pro Poor Land Management at the end of 2010.

Decision:

14. CO-OPERATION WITH THE UNITED NATIONS AND THE WORLD BANK

As part of the Work Plan 2007-2010 the Council has established the UN Liaison Committee – FIG Responses to the Millennium Development Goals to coordinate co-operation with the United Nations and the World Bank. The Liaison Committee is chaired by the President. The Council appointed in February 2009 Prof. Paul van der Molen, the Netherlands, as the FIG Liaison Ambassador for the United Nations for 2009-2010.

The President has prepared a report on the co-operation between FIG and the United Nations including the World Bank since the General Assembly in Eilat.

The main activities in the co-operation with the United Nations and the World Bank during this period have been:

  • Preparation of the FIG Publication No. 45 Land Governance in Support of the Millennium Development Goals. A New Agenda for Land Professionals. FIG / World Bank Conference, Washington DC, USA 9–10 March 2009. FIG Policy Statement, 2010. http://www.fig.net/pub/figpub/pub45/figpub45.pdf
  • Participation to the Global Land Tool Network and its International Advisory Board
  • Contribution to Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) projects such as developing the Social Tenure Domain Model, Case study on informal development in Albania and Greece; and developing the Gender Evaluation Criteria for Large-scale land Tools. Arrangement of the FAO Regional Consultation Meeting on the “FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land and Other Natural Resources” in conjunction to the 7th FIG Regional Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, 19-22 October 2009.
  • Participation to the work of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG)

Appendix to item 14: Reports:

Motion: That the General Assembly

  • adopts the report on the co-operation between FIG and the United Nations, its agencies and the World Bank and records its thanks to the members of the Liaison Committee and all those who have contributed to this co-operation
  • records the FIG report on the FIG/World Bank conference and endorses the FIG–World Bank Declaration on Land Governance in Support of the Millennium Development Goals

Decision:

15. LIAISON WITH INTERNATIONAL PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATIONS

The Joint Board of Spatial Information Societies JB-GIS was formally established during the FIG Working Week in Cairo in 2005 and meets annually during a major conference. The meeting of JB-GIS in 2009 was held in conjunction to the GSDI Congress in Rotterdam, the Netherlands in June 2009 and the JB-GIS had in addition and informal meeting in Bangkok, Thailand during the Eighteenth United Nations Regional Cartographic Conference for Asia & the Pacific (UNRCC-AP) in October 2009. The meeting included some fruitful information on current activities and discussions on future cooperation and collaboration between the organisations. A key issue was development of the Geographic Information Knowledge Network (GIK Network) under GSDI leadership to serve the global geographic information community at large. The goal of this facility is to enhance communications and sharing among geospatial specialists and organisations from all nations. Other key projects are Risk and Disaster Management and Capacity Building in Africa.

The JB-GIS will have its annual meeting during the FIG Congress in Sydney.

A new Memorandum of Understanding has been prepared between FIG and the GSDI Association and between FIG and the Pan American Institute of Geography and History (PAIGH). Both MoU will be signed in Sydney in the beginning of the plenary session on spatially enabled society on Tuesday 13 April at 10:30. 4 April 2010

FIG has further bilateral agreements of co-operation with several other international associations like ISM, IFHP, CIB, ION, ICEC, FIABCI and IFHS. Some of the partners are also working together in the Habitat Professionals Forum.

FIG is a member of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and working together with ISO and International Valuation Standards Committee (IVSC) on standards.

Appendix to item 15: Memorandum of Understanding between FIG and GSDI (106 kB)
Appendix to item 15: Memorandum of Understanding between FIG and PAIGH (288 kB) 4 April 2010

Motion: That the General Assembly

  • records the report on the liaison with other international associations
  • adopts the MoU between FIG and GSDI
  • adopts the MoU between FIG and PAIGH

Decision:

16. FIG CONFERENCES 2009

The FIG Working Week 2009 “Surveyors’ Key Role in Accelerated Development” was held in Eilat, Israel in 8-11 May 2009. The conference was a big success with more than 650 participants from 65 countries. The results of the conference have been reported on the FIG web site where also the proceedings are available. Findings of the Working Week are listed in the closing speech of President Stig Enemark.

The 7th FIG Regional Conference “Spatial Data Serving People – Land Governance and the Environment – Building the Capacity” was held in Hanoi, Vietnam, 19-22 October 2009. Participation exceeded the expectations of the organisers. With 400 participants from 52 countries the conference was among the biggest regional conference so far. As part of the conference FAO organised a two-day Regional Consultation Meeting on the “FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land and Other Natural Resources”.

As result from the regional conference the Hanoi Declaration on Land Acquisition in Emerging Economies has been prepared. This publication will be launched in Sydney. 12 March 2010.

Appendix to item 16: FIG Publication no. 51 Hanoi Declaration on Land Acquisition in Emerging Economies. FIG Policy Statement, 2010. www.fig.net/pub/figpub/pub51/figpub51.pdf (1,088 kB) 12 March 2010

Motion: That the General Assembly

  • records its thanks to ALSI and the organising committee for hosting the FIG Working Week in Eilat, Israel
  • records its thanks to VGCR for hosting the organising committee for hosting the 7th FIG Regional Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam
  • records the Hanoi Declaration and endorses its recommendations for land acquisition in emerging economies

17. FIG OFFICE DEVELOPMENT PLAN

The Council has requested the FIG General Manager John Neel to prepare a FIG Office Development Plan proposing the steps required to develop the FIG Office into an efficient and effective professional organization provided quality service. This was related to the employment as General Manager by 1 January 2009. The Plan will include an Office Quality Management System with a manual documenting all administrative procedures to be written in accordance with the overall ISO principles.

The FIG President will present the FIG Office Development Plan to the General Assembly.

Appendix to item 17: Summary of the FIG Office Development Plan (25 kB)

Motion: That the General Assembly records the presentation on the FIG Office Development Plan and agrees that the Council will proceed with its implementation.

Decision:

18. FIG ACCOUNTS FOR 2009 AND AUDITOR’S REPORT AND BUDGET FOR 2010, 2011 AND 2012

Vice President Iain Greenway and General Manager John Neel have prepared a report on the FIG Financial Issues. Iain Greenway will present the report to the General Assembly. This report includes summary of 2009 accounts, an updated budget for 2010 and proposals for budgets 2011-12 with notes and proposal for membership fees for member associations in 2012.

The Auditors Report includes the auditors report from 2009, official accounts (income statement 2009) and balance sheet 31 December 2009.

Appendix to item 18: Report on Financial Issues (including 2009 accounts and budgets 2010-2012) (131 kB)
Annexes:
18A Auditor's Report, Income Statement for 2009 and Balance Sheet at 31 December 2009 (2450 kB)
18B FIG Result 2009 (102 kB)
18C FIG Budgets 2010-2012 (88 kB)
18D List of member associations whose membership fees are in arrears for 2009 and earlier and that are not allowed to vote 15 March 2010

Motion: That the General Assembly

  • adopts the audited accounts for 2009 and
  • adopts budgets for 2010–2012

Decision:

19. SUBSCRIPTION RATES FOR 2012

The General Assembly has to set levels of fees for member associations two years in advance of the year in which they become payable. Fees are payable in respect of each individual member up to a maximum of 5,500 members. Membership fee structure was changed in 2009 and at that time the per capita fee for 2010 was frozen to 2009 level. Membership fees have been discussed as part of the finance report, appendix to item 18.

The 2009 General Assembly approved membership fees for 2011 as follows:

 

Per capita fee

Minimum fee

Maximum fee

2010

4.18 € per member up to a maximum of 5,500 members.
Member associations from countries listed by the World Bank as low-income economies or lower-middle-income economies shall pay 2.09 € per member up to a maximum of 5,500 members.

20 members or 50 € (whichever is greater)

5,500 members (22,290 €)

2011

4.30 € per member up to a maximum of 5,500 members
Member associations from countries listed by the World Bank as low-income economies or lower-middle-income economies shall pay 2.15 € member up to a maximum of 5,500 members.

20 members or 50 € (whichever is greater)

5,500 members (23,650 €)

See the World Bank lists of the low-income economies and the lower-middle-income economies.

The Council proposes to the General Assembly to increase membership fees for member associations for 2012 with 4.2 per cent from 2011 to 4.48 € per member.

Motion: That the General Assembly adopts following membership fees payable by member associations in 2012:

  Per capita fee Minimum fee Maximum fee
2012 4.48 € per member up to a maximum of 5,500 members
Member associations from countries listed by the World Bank as low-income economies or lower-middle-income economies shall pay 2.24 € member up to a maximum of 5,500 members.
20 members or 50 € (whichever is greater) 5,500 members (24,640 €)

Decision:

20. ELECTION OF FIG PRESIDENT 2011-2014 – PRESENTATION OF CANDIDATES

The Council has received three nominations for the post of FIG President: RICS from United Kingdom has appointed Mr. Iain Greenway; SSSI; Australia has appointed Mr. Matthew B. Higgins and AALSM from Malaysia has appointed Mr. Teo CheeHai. The profile templates of each candidate are attached to this agenda. In the first session of the General Assembly each candidate will be given equal time (about 5 minutes) to introduce him and make a presentation focussing on his ideas and goals for developing the FIG agenda.

The actual election will take place at the second session of the General Assembly by blind votes in on Friday 16 April. If there will be no absolute majority in the first vote, a second vote will be organised between those two candidates that have most votes.

Appendix to item 20 and 26: Profile templates of the three candidates for FIG President 2011-2014:

Motion: That the General Assembly notes the presentations of the candidates and decides to make the election at the second session of the General Assembly according to FIG statutes and internal rules.

Decision:

21. ELECTION OF FIG VICE PRESIDENTS 2011-2014 – PRESENTATION OF CANDIDATES

The FIG Council has received three proposals for the two open posts of FIG Vice President: Prof. Dr. Dalal S. Alnaggar, ECSM, Egypt, Dr. Chryssy Potsiou, TCG and HARSE, Greece and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rudolf Staiger, DVW, Germany. The profile templates of each candidate are attached to this agenda. In the first session of the General Assembly each candidate will be given equal time (about 5 minutes) to introduce her/him and make a presentation focussing on her/his ideas and goals for developing the FIG agenda.

In the case that Mr. Iain Greenway or Mr. Teo CheeHai will be elected as the FIG President a third post for Vice President for a two-year period will be available. All three candidates have shown their interest for all possible Vice President positions.

The actual election will take place at the second session of the General Assembly by blind votes on Friday 16 April. The election will take place one position at a time. If there will be no absolute majority in the first voting, second vote will be organised between those two candidates that have most votes.

Appendix to item 21 and 27: Profiles of the candidates

Motion: That the General Assembly notes the presentations of the candidates and decides to make the elections at the second session of the General Assembly according to FIG statutes and internal rules.

Decision:

22. SELECTION OF FIG CONGRESS VENUE 2014 – PRESENTATION OF CANDIDATES

The FIG Congress 2014 will be organised by FIG together with the local member association. FIG will have full responsibility of the arrangements and also of the financial result, naturally together with the local member association. This offers FIG better opportunities in terms of organising events and generating funds. Therefore the Council has ensured that all candidates are aware about the role of FIG and split of responsibilities for organising the Congress.

The FIG Council has received two bids to host the FIG Congress 2014:

  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Association of Authorised Land Surveyors Malaysia AALSM
  • Istanbul, Turkey, Chamber of Surveying Engineers of Turkey HKMO

The Council is preparing an evaluation report on the two bids that will be implemented and published 15 March 2010. In the evaluation report following issues will be described for comparison:

  • Rotation of the conferences (region);
  • Country (hosting of earlier FIG events);
  • Member association (its activeness, commitment to FIG and to FIG 2014);
  • Supporting organisations (local support to the congress);
  • Host city (characteristics and interest from congress programme point of view);
  • Venue (technical issues of proposed congress centre, hotels etc.);
  • Access (flight connections);
  • Safety and security (including political stability);
  • Environment issues;
  • Proposed dates (in relation to FIG requirements);
  • Technical programme (coverage of all FIG Commissions, potential partners);
  • Technical tours (coverage of all FIG Commissions);
  • Social programme (attractiveness and variety);
  • Attendance (expectation of international, regional and local attendance);
  • Accommodation (hotel costs);
  • Finances (estimate of surplus and financial risks;
  • Sponsorship (estimate sponsorship and exhibition income);
  • Attractiveness (general attractiveness as congress destination).

The evaluation report will not give a recommendation or a preference to either candidate but it will list their qualifications on each subject above and summarise the pros and cons of each candidate to assist the member association in making their decision. During the last years the role economy has increased in the decision making process. This relates both to the registration fees, over all costs and surplus to the organisers. The purpose of the evaluation process is to guarantee the high standard and quality of the congress.

Appendix to item 22 and 31: Summary of the bids of the two candidates for the FIG Congress 2014

At the session each of the two candidates will be given 10 minutes to make a presentation of their destination and framework of the congress and their bid.

Decision on the venue of FIG Congress 2014 will be made at the second session of the General Assembly on Friday 16 April 2010. The voting will be made by blind votes.

Motion: That the General Assembly records the presentations and decides to make the decision on the venue at its second session.

Decision:


Friday 16 April


Friday 16 April, 8:30-10:30,
Bayside 202, SCEC
Presidents’ Meeting (by invitation only)

23. PRESIDENTS’ MEETING

This meeting is for the Presidents of the FIG Member Associations.

Appendix to item 23: Invitation to Presidents of FIG member associations - to be sent to Presidents of FIG member associations. (78 kB) 26 March 2010


Friday 16 April, 11:00 - 14:00
Parkside Ballroom, SCEC
General Assembly, Second Session

24. ROLL CALL

FIG Director to take the roll call.

Please note: The roll call will be done for member associations and affiliate members only. Delegates representing academic members, corporate members and correspondents as well as honorary presidents and honorary members will be entered in the records but they shall register before the meeting starts at the meeting place to the FIG officers. That only member associations that have paid all their membership fees to the end of 2009 are allowed to vote at the meeting, a list of member associations that are not allowed to vote has been published on the FIG web site 15 March 2010.

To be noted that the General Assembly has appointed Dr. Haim Srebro from ALSI, Israel and Mr. Craig Sandy from SSSI, Australia as tellers to this session of the General Assembly.

Appendix to items 2 and 24: Roll Call (144 kB) 4 April 2010
Appendix to items 2 and 24: List of member associations that are not allowed to vote at the General Assembly because of unpaid membership fees for 2009 and earlier 15 April 2010

Motion: That present members are recorded in the minutes.

Decision:

25. MEMBERSHIP

25.1 Acceptance of new members

25.1.1 Albania Association of Geodesy

The Albania Association of Geodesy AAG has submitted an application to become a member association of FIG from Albania. The association has been constituted in 1990 and has now 150 members that have graduated from the Polytechnic University of Tirana. The application meets the criteria for membership in FIG as a member association. The Council has considered the application and believes that the association meets criteria for membership of FIG as a member association.

Appendix to item 25.1.1: Membership application from the Albania Association of Geodesy – to be circulated with the minutes

Motion: That the General Assembly admits the Albania Association of Geodesy to become a member association of FIG.

Decision:

25.1.2 Ordre des Géomètres Experts du Benin

Ordre des Géomètres Experts du Benin has submitted an application to become the new member association of FIG from Benin. The association has been constituted in 1991 and has 60 qualified members. The General Assembly expelled the previous member association SYNAGETAB on 11 April due to unpaid membership fees. The application meets the criteria for membership in FIG as a member association. The Council has considered the application and believes that the association meets criteria for membership of FIG as a member association and that the Ordre is the right association to represent Benin in FIG.

Appendix to item 25.1.2: Membership application from Ordre des Géomètres Experts du Benin – to be circulated with the minutes

Motion: That the General Assembly admits the Ordre des Géomètres Experts du Benin to become a member association of FIG.

Decision:

25.1.3 Botswana Surveying and Mapping Association

The Botswana Surveying and Mapping Association has paid part of its arrears and the Council has therefore decided to restore the membership.

Motion: That the General Assembly records that the membership of the Botswana Surveying and Mapping Association has been restored.

Decision:

After acceptance of new member associations and expulsions the number of FIG member associations is 103.

25.2 Affiliate members

The Council has accepted following three affiliate members to FIG:

  • Survey of Israel, Israel
  • Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources, Fiji
  • Agency for Land Administration and Cadastre of Republic of Moldova

After these new affiliate members the number of affiliate members is 37.

Motion: That the General Assembly records the decision of the Council.

Decision:

26. ELECTION OF FIG PRESIDENT 2011-2014

The General Assembly have heard presentation of the three candidates for the FIG President 2011-2014 at the first session. The election will take place between Mr. Iain Greenway, RICS, United Kingdom; Mr. Matthew B. Higgins, SSSI, Australia and Mr. Teo CheeHai, AALSM, Malaysia.

The election will take place by blind votes following the FIG statutes and internal rules. If there will be no absolute majority in the first vote, a second vote will be organised between those two candidates that have most votes.

Appendix to item 20 and 26: Profile templates of the three candidates for FIG President 2011-2014:

Motion: That the General Assembly elects the President for FIG for term of office 1.1.2011-31.12.2014.

Decision:

27. ELECTION OF VICE PRESIDENTS 2011-2014

The General Assembly have heard presentation of the three candidates for the FIG Vice President 2011-2014 at the first session. The election will take place been Prof. Dr. Dalal S. Alnaggar, ECSM, Egypt, Dr. Chryssy Potsiou, TCG and HARSE, Greece and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rudolf Staiger, DVW, Germany.

The election will take place by blind votes following the FIG statutes and internal rules. The election will take place one position at a time. If there will be no absolute majority in the first voting, second vote will be organised between those two candidates that have most votes.

In the case that Mr. Iain Greenway or Mr. Teo CheeHai has been elected as the FIG President a third post for Vice President for a two-year period will be available. In this case the candidate that has least votes for the second open post for Vice President will be appointed for FIG Vice President for 2011-2012.

Appendix to item 21 and 27: Profiles of the candidates

Motion: That the General Assembly elects two Vice Presidents for FIG for term of office 1.1.2011-31.12.2014 and possibly one Vice President for term of office 1.1.2011-31.12.2012.

Decision:

28. REPORT FROM ACCO

Mr. Matt Higgins, Chair of ACCO will inform the General Assembly on the meetings during the Congress.

Motion: That the General Assembly records the report.

Decision:

29. APPOINTMENT OF FIG COMMISSION CHAIRS 2011-2014

FIG member associations have proposed all current Chairs Elect for election of FIG Commission Chairs 2011-2014 and the Czech Union of Surveyors and Cartographers has appointed acting Chair Elect Robert Šinkner as candidate for Commission 10. The Council has not received any other nominations.

The candidates for FIG Commission Chairs for 2011-2014 are:

The term of office of the newly appointed chairs is 1.1.2011-31.12.2014. The Work Plans for 2011-2014 will be presented for adoption of the General Assembly in Marrakesh, Morocco, May 2011.

Motion: That the General Assembly appoints unanimously FIG Commission chairs for term of office 1.1.2011-31.12.2014 as follows:

  • Commission 1: Ms. Leonie Newnham, SSSI, Australia
  • Commission 2: Prof. Dr. Steven Frank, ACSM, USA
  • Commission 3: Prof. Yerach Doytsher, ALSI, Israel
  • Commission 4: Dr. Michael Sutherland, CIG, Canada and Trinidad and Tobago
  • Commission 5: Mr. Mikael Lilje, ASPECT, Sweden
  • Commission 6: Dr. Gethin Wyn Roberts, ICES, United Kingdom
  • Commission 7: Mr. Daniel Roberge, CIG, Canada
  • Commission 8: Mr. Wafula Nabutola, ISK, Kenya
  • Commission 9: Prof. Frances Plimmer, RICS, United Kingdom
  • Commission 10: Mr. Robert Šinkner, CUSC, Czech Republic

Decision:

30. CO-OPERATION WITH THE FIG CORPORATE MEMBERS

A traditional meeting for FIG Corporate Members will be organised in Sydney. A report on co-operation between FIG and its Corporate Members will be given at the meeting.

Motion: That the General Assembly records the report.

Decision:

31. DECISION OF THE VENUE OF FIG CONGRESS 2014

Candidates for hosting the FIG Congress in 2014 have made their presentations in the first session of the General Assembly. The decision will be made between:

  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, hosted by FIG and Association of Authorised Land Surveyors Malaysia AALSM
  • Istanbul, Turkey, hosted by FIG and Chamber of Surveying Engineers of Turkey HKMO

Appendix to item 22 and 31: Summary of the bids of the two candidates for the FIG Congress 2014

Decision on the venue of FIG Congress 2014 will be made voting by blind votes.

Motion: That the General Assembly selects the venue for FIG Congress 2014.

Decision:

32. FIG SYDNEY DECLARATION

A draft for the FIG Sydney Declaration was presented at the first session of the General Assembly. The President will present the declaration for adoption.

Motion: That the General Assembly adopts the FIG Sydney Declaration.

Decision:

33. OTHER ISSUES

Any other issues that the members want to raise for discussion.

Motion: That the discussion will be recorded and the Council will consider action that will be required.

Decision:

34. REPORT ON THE FIG WORKING WEEK 2011 IN MARRAKECH, MOROCCO, 18-22 MAY 2011

President Aziz Hilali, Ordre National des Ingénieurs Géomètres-Topographes ONIGT and members of the Organising Committee of FIG Working Week 2011 will give a presentation about the next Working Week and its preparations. The Working Week “Bridging the Gap between Cultures” will be held in Marrakech, Morocco 18-22 May 2011. Conference web site will be available at: www.fig.net/fig2011.

Motion: That the General Assembly records the report for information.

Decision:

35. REPORT ON THE FIG WORKING WEEK 2012 IN ROME, ITALY, 6-11 MAY 2012

President Fausto Savoldi, Consiglio Nazionale Geometri e Geometri Laureati CNGGL and representatives of the Organising Committee of FIG Working Week 2012 will give a presentation on preparations of FIG Working Week 2012. The Working Week 2012 will be held in Rome, Italy 6-11 May 2012. Conference web site will be available at: www.fig.net/fig2012.

Motion: That the General Assembly records the report for information.

Decision:

36. PRESENTATION OF CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION

CLOSING CEREMONY


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