The purpose of UN-GGIM-Geospatial Societies is to support the work of the
UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management
Where possible it provides a collective and unified voice at the
international level regarding geospatial affairs, especially to the United
Nations and other global geospatial information stakeholders and assists in
the coordination of relevant activities between the organisations.
The UN-GGIM-GS is a
coalition of the Presidents, Secretaries-General or equivalent office
bearers or their nominees, that lead recognised international organisations
involved in the coordination, development, management, standardisation or
regulation of geospatial information and related matters.
The UN-GGIM-GS may either invite representatives of relevant organisations to join
or an appropriate person form a qualifying organisation can be accepted based
upon their application. Any new
member organisation must be a recognised international organisation.
Membership of UN-GGIM-GS places no obligations on the organisations that members
represent. There are no membership fees, and members are expected to bear
their own costs.
The members of the UN-GGIM-GS currently are:
IMIA and, ISPRS.
The UN-GGIM-GS has a Chair who is elected annually by the
representatives. When there is more than one
candidate for the position of chair a secret vote will be held. The position
of chair may be held for a maximum of 3 years.
The Chair may speak on
behalf of the UN-GGIM-GS on those matters on which they have consulted with the
members and particularly with those organisations who may be affected.
It is the sole responsibility of each member to highlight their need to
gain approval or endorsement of their parent organisations on decisions or
actions of the UN-GGIM-GS.
member of the UN-GGIM-GS may choose to be accompanied at meetings by a maximum of
one appropriate colleague. The member will inform the chair in advance of
the meetings of the name and position of anyone accompanying them.
Decisions will normally be achieved by consensus. When a vote is necessary
decisions require a majority of the votes of members present. People
accompanying members have no vote.
The names of members, and the
organisations in which they hold the position which entitles them to
membership, together with that title, shall be published on the UN-GGIM-GS web
The UN-GGIM-GS has a permanent address which is the office of
FIG. FIG will also be responsible for the publication of minutes of the
meetings, administration and a web presence.
The UN-GGMIS-GS will meet at least once each year. Wherever possible the
meeting will be in the same week and venue as the annual meeting of the UN
Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM).
Additional meetings will coincide with a conference or other meeting of
one or more of the organisations The host of the meeting shall
decide whether participants may be allowed free registration to any
associated event. Wherever possible, free registration should be offered to
at least each member of the UN-GGIM-GS.
The working language of meetings is English.
Ad hoc Committees
The UN-GGIM-GS may establish ad hoc committees for certain projects and
important topics of common interest. These committees shall have clear goals
and be established for a limited time period. Each member of the UN-GGIM-GS may
designate an appropriately qualified or experienced person as a member of an
ad hoc committee
The UN-GGIM-GS has approved a new logo in 2017. Permission for the use should be applied from the
Unauthorised use of the logo is strictly forbidden.