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UN GGIM: Doha Declaration on global geospatial information management

The Second High Level Forum on Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM) held in Doha, Qatar on February 4-6, 2013, issued the Doha Declaration for Advancing Global Geospatial Information Management. The Forum, which brought together government representatives from UN member states as well as stakeholders from non-governmental organisations, academia and the private sector, sought to discuss critical issues on global geospatial information management.

The Forum recalled Resolution 2011/24 of the United Nations Economic and Social Council, which recognised the need to promote international cooperation in the field of global geospatial information management. The Members also recalled the Decision of the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (Decision 2/102) in which the Committee urged to raise awareness of the critical role of geospatial information in development planning and to strengthen the capacity to deliver such information to meet global challenges.

The Seoul Declaration on Global Geospatial Information Management of 26 October 2011, which called for a cohesive global community of practice, the promotion of common frameworks and standards at all levels was also recalled by the Members.

Lastly, recognising the Rio+20 outcome document that laid emphasis on the importance and value of reliable and authoritative geospatial information for sustainable development, the members resolved to:

  • Commit to working together as an international community, under the coordination of the United Nations, to work with all stakeholders to improve a sustained operational global geodetic reference frame and infrastructure, to support the increasing demand for positioning and monitoring applications with associated societal and economic benefits;
  • Affirm the importance of having a stable, credible and reliable national geospatial information infrastructure in each country built on internationally recognised standards that will integrate, manage, and deliver geospatial information for timely, evidence based and authoritative decision making and policy formulation on location-based development issues, including disasters and humanitarian needs;
  • Promote the greater use of geospatial information in sustainable development by supporting the activities under the programme of the Global Map for Sustainable Development (GM4SD) with an initial focus on managing risks of natural disasters to urban populations and developing effective mitigation strategies;
  • Affirm the importance of an agreed set of authoritative core global reference datasets that are needed to support global sustainable development activities and to work jointly towards the preparation, improvement and maintenance of these core global reference datasets;
  • Work collaboratively to enhance the availability of training programmes at all levels, and to contribute to a global knowledge base that promotes knowledge transfer including the sharing of experiences, best practices, technological trends, supporting legislations, funding strategies, and other technical resources to facilitate and promote capacity development;
  • Encourage regional collaboration in the promotion and development of geospatial information management and the establishment of appropriate regional coordinating mechanisms, as exemplified by UN-GGIM Asia Pacific, and implementation strategies.