WGIC and UNSD collaboration strengthens global geo-info ecosystem

May 22nd, 2019, Published in Articles: PositionIT, Featured: PositionIT

The World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC) and the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), Secretariat for the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), signed an agreement to collaborate and work towards demonstrating the comprehensive value and utility of geospatial knowledge and data systems as core enablers for attainment of the global development agendas, including the SDGs.

Stefan Schweinfest, UNSD (left) and WGIC’s Dangermond (centre) and Sanjay Kumar (right) sign the partnership.

Stefan Schweinfest, UNSD (left) and WGIC’s Dangermond (centre) and Sanjay Kumar (right) sign the partnership.

WGIC, as a global geospatial industry association, is committed to promote geospatial value and strengthen its contribution to the world economy, society and the environment. By encouraging engagement and collaboration with stakeholders from the geospatial industry, multilaterals, industry associations and user communities, it aims to build an integrated platform for the geospatial industry to support perspectives on policies and develop geospatial networks to foster alliances within the industry and with associated organisations for a sustainable world.

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is the apex entity of global statistical and geospatial systems, and supports the work of UN-GGIM and the United Nations Statistics Commission. By compiling and disseminating global statistical and geospatial information, it develops standards and norms for statistical and geospatial activities to strengthen national geospatial information systems of UN member countries and for achieving the SDGs in their respective national circumstances.

The collaboration between the two organisations is anchored in their shared vision and mandates to create an enabling environment for the advancement of geospatial information and technologies and amplify its contribution in the implementation and monitoring of the SDG’s and to address key global challenges.

The association between WGIC and UNSD will set forth new benchmarks for public-private partnerships in the international arenas of statistical and data ecosystems. By working closely to develop joint programmes and knowledge networks, the two organisations will articulate frameworks for strategic relevance and wider adoption of geospatial technologies for public and global good.

Contact Tanuja Vashistha, WGIC, tanuja.vashistha@wgicouncil.org

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