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UN World Geospatial Information Congress to be Held in Deqing, China in November 2018

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The United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress (UNWGIC) will be held in Deqing, Zhejiang Province, China from 19-21 November, 2018. The Congress will be hosted by the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation in collaboration with the Government of Zhejiang Province of China. On 25 December 2017, the First Meeting of the Steering Committee for the Congress was held at the NASG headquarters in Beijing. Mr. Liu Zhenmin, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, attended the meeting and made a speech as Co-chair of the Steering Committee of the Congress. The meeting mobilized all relevant parties and efforts for the congress preparations, and provided guidance for the next step work.

Initiated by the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) under the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress aims to provide a convening, participatory and inclusive environment to enhance the communication, understanding, knowledge and application of geospatial information management to address local, regional and global challenges, and to better understand and address the development of geospatial information management of Member States, mobilize willingness and resources to improve geospatially enabled governance of Member States, enhance the best and highest application of geospatial information for evidenced based policy making and citizen-centric services in Member States, enhance the regional and global geospatial information sharing systems, and crucially, support geospatially enabled sustainable development that leaves no one behind. The Congress will be comprehensive, comprising a series of thematic streams that stem from the overall theme of the Congress, principally focusing on strengthening national geospatial information management and systems, and national implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.



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