October 9, 2013


Supporting the United Nations on Global Geospatial Information Management

Guest post by Ordnance Survey’s John Kedar

In the past you may have read about or seen us tweet about @UNGGIM or read about the Cambridge Conference 2013, which was coupled with the Third Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM3). Ordnance Survey has a hard-earned reputation as one of the world’s leading National Mapping Authorities. This is reflected by the role Dr Vanessa Lawrence plays on the global stage, explaining and promoting geographic information.  You can find out more about our work with the UN in this guest post from Ordnance Survey’s John Kedar.

The United Nations Initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management, or UN-GGIM as we more commonly refer to it, was established by the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations in July 2011 in order to realise a vision that could help address making ‘accurate, reliable, maintained and authoritative geospatial information readily available, in all countries, to support national, regional and global development.’

In order to deliver the vision globally, Regional Committees are being set up to ensure that more localised progress is made, ensuring that the UN-GGIM Committee of Experts delivers its remit. UN-GGIM: Asia-Pacific and UN-GGIM: Americas are running and work is on-going in the Arab Countries and in Africa to form similar regional entities. Europe has never had a UN Regional Committee although one is being established with the co-chairs during formation being Walter Rademacher, Director General of Eurostat and Dr Vanessa Lawrence, Ordnance Survey’s Director General and Chief Executive.

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