6th Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) 2016

The 6th Session of the UN-GGIM was held from 1– 5 August 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The UN-GGIM plays a leading role in setting the agenda for the development of global geospatial information, and promotes its use among member states to address key global challenges. It also addresses legal and policy issues concerning geospatial information and technology. In total, more than 300 participants from 95 countries, and 49 international organisations, including UN bodies, NGOs, private sector and academia, attended the meeting.

The Singapore delegation was led by SLA Director, Geospatial and Data Division, Ng Siau Yong. Singapore actively contributed to the session as a Task Group lead within the Working Group on Trends in National Institutional Arrangements in GGIM. The working group sought to identify good practices, set of institutional models and legal frameworks for national geospatial information management.

Overall, the 6th Session of the UN Committee of Experts on GGIM generated greater recognition of the importance of geospatial information management, and stressed the continued need to strengthen collaborations and joint initiatives. Together, these efforts would drive greater development and use of geospatial data and tools, to better address local and global challenges and agendas.

SLA’s visit to the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Singapore- United Nations

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SLA also visited the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Singapore-United Nations on 2 August 2016. The objective of the visit was to share SLA’s work at UN-GGIM, as well as efforts to advance Singapore’s geospatial development. The visit was hosted by Mr Joseph Teo, Deputy Permanent Representative.

Mr Teo introduced the Mission’s work at the various UN committees. He shared that one of the UN’s focus was on data issues, where geospatial developments could contribute meaningfully. Having been briefed on Singapore’s geospatial efforts, the Mission would help to raise awareness and mindshare of Singapore’s experience in geospatial planning and management. This would benefit SLA’s ongoing efforts to explore opportunities with interested parties for geospatial collaborations.