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FIG President Rudolf Staiger attended the 12th Expert Group Meeting on UN-GGIM

1-6 August 2022, New York, USA

After the long COVID19 break almost all participants of the Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management expressed their happiness and relief to meet after three years in person again.

 The real stakeholders of UN-GGIM are all the national governments under the roof of the United Nations. However the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) is among others one of the recognized international Non-Governmental organisations (NGO) and officially invited to be part of it as a so called observer.

The first two days (1st and 2nd of August) were reserved for side-events and meetings of sub groups. “Women in Geospatial“ was a powerful opening of the first day. In different parallel sessions the regional and thematic groups met over the following two days. Other important topics were “Geodetic Reference Frame for Sustainable Development”, “Digital Twins”, standardization and ethics.The 3-day-consultation of the Committee of Experts started on the 3rd of August, where all the reports and proposals are presented, discussed, and finally decided. The main achievements over the last months can be briefly summarized.

Two new centres will be installed: the United Nations Global Geospatial Knowledge and Innovation Centre in Deqing (China) and the United Nations Global Geodetic Centre of Excellence in Bonn (Germany).
The Integrated Geoinformation Framework (IGIF) and its implementation on country level is of high priority on the UN-GGIM agenda.

UN-GGIM is part of ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council). It was reported by the secretariat that ECOSOC will allocate more resources to GGIM in the coming years. This is absolutely needed in order to support the member states in an efficient and effective way.

Land administration is important when it comes to the fulfilment of the SDGs. This expert group meeting proofed again that this (regarding the content) the contribution of our profession. And it will remain important in the future.

The 13th UN-GGIM Meeting will be held 2-4 August 2023 in Ney York again at the UN-headquarters.

FIG President Rudolf Staiger attended the UN-GGIM meeting on behalf of FIG. During the meeting he met with the new affiliate member of FIG from Georgia: LEPL National Agency of Public Registry Under the Ministry of Justice of Georgia (NAPR)




Rudolf Staiger
19 August 2022