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Ordnance Survey and INEGI table a paper on international standards at UN Session

15 August 2014

Ordnance Survey and INEGI (Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía) of Mexico have collaborated to produce a paper on ‘how a national mapping authority can benefit from the adoption of international standards’.

The joint paper was officially tabled at the Fourth Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM). The Fourth Session took place between 6-8 August 2014 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

During the Fourth Session the Secretariat of the UN-GGIM, in collaboration with the standards organizations, hosted a workshop side-meeting. This meeting briefed Member States on the essential standards, as well as the business value and good practice in adopting them.

The Committee of Experts considered the activities and the documents at their Session. There was considerable support for the paper.

During the Session Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB was re-elected by the UN member countries to Co-Chair the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM).

Vanessa, who until recently led Ordnance Survey as its Director General and Chief Executive for fourteen years, has two Co-Chairs to work alongside her for the next year, Dr Li Pengde from China and Dr Eduardo Sojo from Mexico. Mr. Sultan Mohamed Alya from Ethiopia was elected as the Rapporteur. Vanessa was a founding Co-Chair and during her tenure leading the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), Dr Lawrence also has been supported by Co-Chairs from the Republic of Korea and the State of Qatar.

Mr Stefan Schweinfest, a Director at the UN said: “Dr Lawrence was a founding co-chair of UN-GGIM in 2011, when for the first time in many years, the UN decided to set up a new Committee. The new Committee focuses on ensuring that accurate, authoritative and reliable geographical information is available to underpin some of the globe’s largest challenges. The work of the Committee underpins important activities such as accurate positioning, sustainable development, disaster management and peace keeping. Vanessa has worked tirelessly with us to make the Committee a success and we are delighted that she has been re-elected by the Member States, for a fourth time in the UN system, to assist us going forward.”

For additional information on the Fourth Session, including the agenda and technical reports, please visit: http://ggim.un.org/ggim_committee.html

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