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International Federation of Surveyors
Fédération Internationale des Géomètres
Internationale Vereinigung der Vermessungsingenieure

Dear Colleague,

Akwaaba... 900 participants from 83 countries learned to say hello in Ghanaian at the FIG Working Week 2024. The Working Week was officially opened by the the esteemed President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. His opening address was remarkable and showed how important land related matters are for Ghana. His address, with a foreword by FIG President Diane Dumashie is selected as the FIG Article of the Month - find the link in this newsletter.
Hopefully you will enjoy the reports from the General Assembly and Working Week. The press coverage of the event was impressive. Please find in the Working Week report links to several videos of news broadcast hereunder one from the opening, one from the second day and several videos with further impressions and interviews. Included too, is a link to a drive with a large selection of photos from the Working Week.
There is however also a "FIG World" outside the Working Week with further activities, of which some are included in this newsletter. Please note the upcoming deadline 15 July for abstract submissions for the FIG Regional Conference in Nepal in November 2024.


FIG General Assembly 2024 report

The General Assembly took place on 19 and 23 May 2024 with 60 member associations represented and around 250 delegates. Read the report including the decisions and election results and see pictures   Read more

Akwaaba - report from FIG Working Week 2024 in Accra Ghana

President of Ghana and FIG President at the opening of the FIG Working Week 2024

In a warm and welcoming Accra, the FIG Working Week was held having both African and International topics on the agenda elaborated on in around 80 sessions and networking activities. Read the report



Conference: 14-15 November 2024
Pre-events: 13 November 2024
Conference tour: 16 November


Join us at the FIG Regional Conference in Nepal!

FIG and our member association from Nepal, the Nepal Institution of Chartered Surveyors NICS are pleased to announce the FIG Regional Conference 2024 that will take place in Kathmandu, Nepal on 13-16 November 2024.

The overall theme of the Regional Conference is:

Climate Responsive Land Governance  and Disaster Resilience:
Safeguarding Land Rights

The main objective of the event is to build knowledge and capacity in the Asian region to address climate change and disaster-induced challenges in safeguarding land rights of vulnerable communities, emphasizing the critical role of land governance and resilience.

The conference is intended to be a call to action and provide concrete strategies and actionable recommendations for the region to ensure that participants will leave with practical insights, tools, and actions plans to effectively address and implement climate and disaster actions.

A ‘Call for Action’ publication will be produced based on the conference to engage regional governments, professionals, and stakeholders. It will feature recommendations derived from the event.

Conference web site:

Submit your abstract

Some sessions will include invited presentations but there will be the opportunity, too, to submit an abstract that will be considered for the technical programme. Deadline for the submission of abstract is 15 July 2024  Submit your abstract


Save money: Register now and before 15 September

Registration has opened, so secure your ticket now and get the early bird rate. Fee for the Regional conference is USD 200 for Regional and International participants. This fee includes the conference and a dinner. Young Surveyors rate is USD 100 which apart from above includes the Young Surveyors Meeting on 13 November. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by! Register here


Be visible! Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities

Make sure that your company or organisation will be visible to the attendees at the FIG Regional Conference. Check your sponsorship and exhibition options



STDM Valuation of unregistered land 

The Social Tenure Domain Model - STDM is now a normative annex in the Land Administration Domain Model (LADM) part 2  Read more

New FIG Publication: FIG Young Surveyors Volunteer Community Surveyor Programme VCSP

Mapping the World a Better Place. The new FIG Publication no 82, published by FIG Young Surveyors in cooperation with UN-Habitat/GLTN tells the story of VCSP from the start and until now.   Read more

Reference Frames in Practice Manual - FIG Publication 64 2nd edition 

This Commission 5 publication aims to better inform surveyors around reference frame topics and includes major updates on expanded GNSS constellations and international geodesy initiatives, helping them extend their professional knowledge. . Read more

Basics of Modelling in AVM

FIG Commission 9 on valuation and the management of real estate held a 60-minute-knowledge-session featuring Russ Thimgan, an esteemed researcher and modelling analyst   Read more

Visit to FIG Office by former Secretary General Roy Swanston


Roy Swanston, UK, was Secretary General of FIG for the British Bureau 1996-1999 at the time when FIG still had the Bureau system. Roy had not been back to Copenhagen since a Bureau Meeting was held in Copenhagen at the inauguration of the FIG Office. The decision of the establishment of an office was made by the General Assembly in Singapore in 1997. It was interesting to hear stories from "back then" - the history of FIG is truly amazing, and as today built on many very active both individuals and organisations who carry on the FIG spirit and keep FIG relevant in and around the profession.
Thank you Roy and Doreen for coming by the office!

Honorary President Holger Magel celebrated on his 80th birthday 

Holger Magel with his wife Anselma and Minister Michaela Kaniber. ©Pia-Regnet

A special honorary colloquium was held in Munich to honour FIG Honorary President Holger Magel for his extensive work in regard to land use planning of the region and around the world    Read more

FIG Commission 9 Workshop

The workshop on artificial intelligence and the use of automated valuation modelling (AVM) in property valuation and tax assessment took place in April 2024 in Cyprus   Read more


FIG Commission 5 and 7 meeting, LADM, STDM workshops and Geoinformation Week 2024

FIG Commission 3 invites to Challenges and Opportunities in BIM and GIS Integration - COBGI2024. Call for papers deadline 25 March   Read more

FIG Regional Conference 2024 in Kathmandu, Nepal

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The article of the Month in:

June 2024 We are excited to present to you the opening speech by the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for this article of the month, delivered at the FIG Working Week 2024. The address elaborates over the theme of the Working Week: "Your World, Our World: Resilient Environment and Sustainable Resource Management for All" with an introduction by FIG President Diane DumashieRead more here

May 2024 is a video recordings from the FIG Working Week 2023 plenary session Victoria Stanley, Senior Land Administration Specialist at the World Bank. Victoria Stanley talks about how the World Bank see land as integral to addressing climate change. Read more and watch the videos 


Changes in FIG Office

After 12 years in FIG Office Claudia Stormoen Pedersen has decided to resign from FIG. She has been working as Event and Support Manager and has over the years worked concentrated and steady on ensuring the success of FIG events. She has decided that she would like to spend more time with her children while they are still young; a decision that has our full respect. We wish her all the best in her future life. Claudia had her last day in the FIG Office on 28 June 2024.


UN-Habitat Urban-Rural Linkages Programme

The 5th Compendium of Inspiring Practices on Urban-Rural Linkages: Special Edition on Intermediary Cities. We are currently embarking on preparing the next edition of the Compendium of Inspiring Practices on Urban-Rural Linkages. This forthcoming edition aims to present experiences on how intermediary cities are enhancing urban-rural linkages. For more information, please find here the link to the call 


Survey on Real Estate Market Transparency Research  

FIG Commission 9 and its partners encourages you to help them and fill in the survey.
If you cannot fill in the survey, maybe you can help us and forward it to others.
Help us and fill in the survey

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UN-GGIM has published the following four positions with deadline 11 July 2024:
Chief, Geospatial Information Management, New York P5
Geospatial Information Officer, New York P4
Geospatial Information Officer, New York P3-1
Geospatial Information Officer, New York P3-2

And with deadline 10 July 2024:

Department of Economic and Social Affairs
located in NEW YORK
Deadline: 10 July 2024
More information


12-14 September, Zagreb Croatia
Symposium on Engineering Geodesy organised by Croatian Geodetic Society – organised jointly with FIG Commission 6

24-26 September 2024 Kuching, Malaysia

FIG Commission 7 Annual meeting

FIG Commission 5 Annual Meeting

The 12th International FIG Workshop on the Land Administration Domain Model & 3D Land Administration iheld as part of the Malaysian Geoinformation Week, Annual Meeting FIG Commission 5 - Positioning and Measurement, Annual Meeting FIG Commission 7 - Cadastre and Land Management, and UN Habitat Social Tenure Doman Model, STDM.
Deadline for the submission of a 500 -1000 words extended abstracts is 1 June 2024 (and when accepted a full paper by 15 August 2024).
Web site:

Geoinformation Week Malaysia:

14-16 November 2024, Kathmandu, Nepal

FIG Regional Conference 2024
Web site:


FIG Working Week 2025
6-10 April 2025, Brisbane Australia
Web site:

7-9 April 2025, Karlsruhe, Germany

6th Joint International Symposium on Deformation Monitoring (JISDM) organised by FIG, IAG and ISPRS.
Web site:

18-20 June 2025, Athens Greece
 Workshop on "Building Back Better the Self-made Cities, Improving the Geospatial Data Ecosystems & Formalizing the Informal Settlements" organised jointly by UNECE WPLA, FIG Commissions 3 & 9, EGoS and World Bank.


More events: Check the events page

Save the dates

FIG Working Week 2025, Brisbane, Australia: 6-10 April 2025 -
FIG Congress 2026, Cape Town, South Africa: 24-29 May 2026 -
FIG Working Week 2027, Stavanger, Norway: 23-27 May 2027
FIG Working Week 2028, Paris, France - Celebrating FIG 150th Anniversary 24-28 June 2028

Kind regards,
Ms. Louise Friis-Hansen

International Federation of Surveyors
Fédération Internationale des Géomčtres
Internationale Vereiningung der Vermessungsingenieure
International Federation of Surveyors
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FIG Working Week 2024,
19-24 May, Accra, Ghana
Web site:

FIG Working Week 2025,
6-10 April, Brisbane, Australia
Web site:
FIG Congress 2026, Cape Town, South Africa
FIG Working Week 2027, Stavanger, Norway
FIG Working Week 2028, Paris, France - Celebrating FIG 150th Anniversary

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