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September 11, 2015
UN-GGIM: Europe Proposes Basis for Global Fundamental Data Themes to Support Sustainability

Sept. 11, 2015—UN Member States will work together to agree a set of global fundamental geospatial data themes following a proposal by UN-GGIM: Europe.

The paper, presented at the fifth session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management, identified the need for dependable geospatial data that can be harmonised and used to measure, monitor and manage sustainable development.

The regional committee, which is currently working on fundamental data at the European level, also organised a side meeting on the topic during the event held at UN Headquarters in New York. By highlighting examples of key geospatial information sets from Africa, Europe, New Zealand and Australia, the meeting attracted an international audience and a lively discussion.

“Geospatial information is now more important than ever for providing the content and context for understanding natural and human systems,” says Chair of the UN-GGIM: Europe Executive Committee, Bengt Kjellson from Sweden. “The needs and requirements of the Sustainable Development Goals are transboundary and transnational, which demonstrates the importance of having an agreed set of global fundamental geospatial data themes.”

“We believe national and regional examples of key datasets, that form common information frameworks and which can be harmonised, should be the basis for agreement of a minimum set of global fundamental geospatial data themes. This can only be achieved through discussions between Member States and observers, and we look forward to contributing to this important piece of work in the coming year.”

UN-GGIM: Europe is a regional committee of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM). It has two working groups, one focusing on fundamental data and the other on data integration.  Drawing on the national capacities and capabilities of Member States, UN-GGIM was established in 2011. It takes a leading role in setting the agenda for global geospatial information development as well as in promoting its benefits for addressing both national policy and key global challenges.

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