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CeBIT Spatial@gov 2012 - Gemma Van Halderen, First Assistant Statistician, Population, Education and Data Integration Division, Australian Bureau of Statistics


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  • 1. Global Geospatial Information Management: International DevelopmentsGemma Van HalderenFirst Assistant StatisticianPopulation, Education and Data Integration DivisionAustralian Bureau of Statistics
  • 2. United Nations General Security Economic and Trusteeship International Assembly Council Social Council Council Court of JusticeEconomic Commission for Africa 9 ‘functional’ Statistical Commission (ECA), Europe (ECE), Latin commissions Commission on Population and America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Development 5 regionalEconomic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) commissions Commission on Science and and for Western Asia (ESCWA) Technology for Development 14 specialised Commission on Sustainable agencies Development ECOSOC Standing Committees UN Committee of Experts on Global ECOSOC Ad hoc Bodies Geospatial Information Management Expert Bodies composed of governmental experts Expert bodies composed of members serving in their United Nations Group of Experts on personal capacity Geographical Names Other related bodies
  • 3. UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL• ECOSOC is the United Nations platform on economic and social issues• Concerned with the world’s economic, social and environmental challenges• Has responsibility for some 70% of the human and financial resources of the entire UN system• Reports to the General Assembly
  • 4. United Nations Statistical Commission• Apex entity of the global statistical system – Highest decision making body for international statistical activities, especially the setting of statistical standards, the development of concepts and methods, and their implementation at the national and international level• Established in 1947• In establishing its terms of reference, ECOSOC stressed the importance of the Commission’s coordination function and the need to achieve an integrated system in the collection, processing and dissemination of international statistics
  • 5. United Nations Statistics Division• Committed to the advancement of the global statistical system – Compile and disseminate global statistical information – Development standards and norms for statistical activities – Support countries efforts to strengthen their national statistical systems – Facilitate the coordination of international statistical activities• Provides a global centre for data on international trade, national accounts, energy, industry, environment and demographic and social statistics gathered from national and international sources
  • 6. UN-GGIM: What is it?• The United Nations initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management – to enhance and coordinate global geospatial information management• Provides a formal mechanism under the UN umbrella to discuss and coordinate GGIM activities by involving Member States at the highest inter-government level as the key participants
  • 7. UN-GGIM: A global initiative• An Inter-Governmental mechanism to make joint decisions and set directions on the production and use of geospatial information within national and global policy frameworks• Working with Governments to improve policy, institutional arrangements, and legal frameworks• Addressing global issues and contributing collective knowledge as a community with shared interests and concerns• Developing effective strategies to build geospatial capacity in the developing countries• Realizing a Vision: To make accurate, reliable and authoritative geospatial information readily available to support national, regional and global development……
  • 8. UN-GGIM: Mandates• The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), recognizing the importance of geospatial information in national and global development, established UN-GGIM in July 2011• ECOSOC encouraged Member States to ‘hold regular high-level, multi- stakeholder discussions on global geospatial information, including through the convening of global forums, with a view to promoting a comprehensive dialogue with all relevant actors and bodies’• “Promote the development and wider use of GIS to collect data that are accurate, long-term, consistent and reliable….to support countries, particularly developing countries, in their national efforts” – 2002 Copenhagen Summit on Sustainable Development
  • 9. ECOSOC Resolution 2011/24• Recalling various decisions and resolutions to prepare reports, convene meetings, etc on global coordination of geographic information management• Recognising the importance of integrating cartographic and statistical information, as well as spatial data, with a view to fostering location-based geospatial information, applications and services• Recognising the role of the UN in promoting international cooperation• Taking into account the urgent need to take concrete action to strengthen international cooperation in the area of global geospatial information, ….
  • 10. ECOSOC Resolution 2011/24• Decides to establish the Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management … and requests the Committee to present to ECOSOC in 2016 a comprehensive review of all aspects of its work and operations• Encourages Member States to hold regular, high-level, multi- stakeholder discussions …. global forums … with a view to promoting a comprehensive dialogue• Emphasises the importance of promoting national, regional and global efforts to foster the exchange of knowledge and expertise – to assist developing countries in building and strengthening national capacities in this field
  • 11. Why a global mechanism on GGIM?• A significant gap in the management of geospatial information globally• This gap is increasingly being filled by the private sector reducing the influence of the Governments• Lack of global consultative and decision making mechanism among Member States in: setting global norms on geospatial information; developing common tools; and bringing geospatial information to bear on global policy issues• Just like statistics, every country must have authoritative, trusted, maintained, definitive mapping data
  • 12. Meetings and Activities
  • 13. UN-GGIM – Geospatial Industry Exchange 23 October 2011This exchange brought together 90+ lead international industry andnational mapping organisation representatives to exchange views anddiscuss the role of the geospatial industry, and to provide concretesuggestions for input into the UN-GGIM deliberations
  • 14. UN-GGIM – 24-26 October 2011• 1st High Level Forum on UN-GGIM opened by Prime Minister Hwang Sik Kim, Republic of Korea; United Nations Under-Secretary-General Mr. Sha Zukang; and Prof. Bill Cartwright, President of the JBGIS• 350 participants from 90 countries, 15 from international organisations, 22 from industry, and many United Nations agencies (UNSD, UNCS, UNGEGN, UNOOSA, etc)
  • 15. UN-GGIM – Ministerial SegmentMinisters from Chile, Finland, India, Korea,Malaysia, Mongolia, Namibia, and Niger providedviews, including the value proposition, on therole of geospatial information in nationaldevelopmentThe demand for geospatial data does not onlycome from the political level in the context ofpolicy formulation and decision making, but alsoincreasingly from civil society in the context ofefficient public service delivery, a process thatwas described as the “democratization of data”
  • 16. First Session of the Committee of Experts The inaugural UN-GGIM Committee of Experts met 26 October 2011, immediately following the High Level ForumOutcomes:• Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedure of the Committee adopted• Created a task force to prepare a written contribution to United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)• Created a working group to elaborate a detailed inventory of issues that should be used to develop a short-, medium- and long-term work programme for the Committee of Experts
  • 17. Location information and Rio+20
  • 18. Two Side Events Global Map for Sustainable DevelopmentMonitoring Sustainable Development – Why Location Matters Organised by Geospatial Information Authority of Japan with support from Organised by UN-GGIM with support by UK, International Steering Committee for Global Australia and Brazil Mapping, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Brazil, and UK Demonstrated the role accurate, maintainedand reliable geospatial information can and is The side event demonstrated the need for playing in helping to deliver sustainable consistent global-scale data, developed development across the globe, and in under international cooperation, to monitor providing financial benefits to users sustainable development, disasters, and environmental indicators
  • 19. 19 June 2012
  • 20. The importance of geographic information “I am also pleased to see that the importance of reliable, trusted geographic information is now recognised. The United Nations has now established a Committee of Experts of Member States, which the UK co-chairs, to move this agenda forward” Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, Deputy Prime Minister, United Kingdom Government, Rio+20 June 2012
  • 21. Second session of the Committee of Experts The second session of the UN-GGIM Committee of Experts convened at UN Headquarters, New York, August 2012
  • 22. Second session of the Committee of Experts “…building effective geospatial infrastructures and promoting greater use of geospatial information are part of a new frontier in harnessing science and technology for advancing sustainable development” Mr.Wu Hongbo Under-Secretary General, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, August 2012
  • 23. Second session of the Committee of Experts Decisions adopted to progress the effective development and coordination of global geospatial information: • Establish a global geodetic reference framework • Complete future trends in geospatial information management • Gather global case studies that demonstrate the value proposition of GI • Globally communicate the efforts of UN-GGIM in supporting the sustainable development agenda • Regional entities undertake an assessment of existing regional efforts and priorities in context of the inventory of issues • Progress issues related to standards setting in the international community • Consider a shared statement of principles for the GGIM community • Develop a global map for sustainable development • Develop a global knowledge base for geospatial information • Progress the integration of statistical and geospatial information
  • 24. Second session of the Committee of ExpertsInventory of Issues1. Developing a national, regional and global strategic framework for geospatial information2. Establishing institutional arrangements and legal and common frameworks3. Building capability and capacity, especially in developing countries4. Assuring the quality of geospatial information5. Promoting data sharing, accessibility and dissemination6. Embracing trends in information technology7. Promoting geospatial advocacy and awareness8. Working in partnership with civil society and the private sector9. Linking geospatial information to statistics
  • 25. Issue 9: Linking geospatial information to statistics 42nd Session of the United Nations Statistics Commission•Australia invited to undertake a Programme Review ongeospatial activities in National Statistics Organisations•To be presented February 2013•Opportunity for the statistical community to discuss andcontribute to issue 9: Linking geospatial information to statistics
  • 26. Second High Level Forum on GGIMThe Second High Level Forum on Global Geospatial Information Management will be held from 4-6 February2013 at the Qatar Convention Centre in Doha, QatarAn Exchange Forum with the Geospatial Industry will be convened on Sunday 3rd FebruaryForum Agenda: • Opening Ceremony and Ministerial Segment • Session 1: Building a National Geospatial Information System: Driving Forces, Success Stories • Session 2: Future Trends in Geospatial Information: Growing the Information Base, Promoting Greater Use • Session 3: Developing an Effective Global Geodetic Reference Framework and Supporting Location-Based Services • Session 4: Geospatial Information and Sustainable Development (Rio+20) • Session 5: Challenges in Developing Core Global Reference Datasets
  • 27. Third session of the Committee of ExpertsThe third session of the Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial InformationManagement (UN-GGIM) will be held from 24-26 July 2013 at the Corn ExchangeBuilding, Cambridge City Centre, United KingdomIt will be convened back-to-back with the Cambridge Conference which will beheld 21-24 July 2013 at Churchill College, University of Cambridge
  • 28. Regional UN entities supporting GGIM• Regional Committee of UNGGIM for Asia-Pacific (UNGGIM-AP, formerly PCGIAP) – Geodetic reference framework – Spatial enablement and administration forums – Data sharing and integration for disaster management• Permanent Committee on Spatial Data Infrastructure for the Americas (PC-IDEA) – Development of SDI best practices and applications – Institutional strengthening, education and training – Innovations for national mapping agency business models• Committee on Development Information, Science & Technology Sub-committee on Geo-information (CODIST-Geo), UNECA – Draft African Action Plan on Geospatial Information Management – National SDI development in Africa – Capacity building and outreach – Inventory of geospatial data in Africa
  • 29. Concluding remarks• Global Geospatial Information Management is recognised institutionally and politically as important• Two professional communities are engaged – the statistical community through the United Nations Statistics Commission• the spatial community through the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management
  • 30. Concluding remarks – why engage? UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL