Geospatial technologies are increasingly becoming ‘by default.’ Population is increasing at a high rate and new measures are required to handle the new challenges that are cropping up. In this changing scenario, geospatial technologies are playing a vital role in resource allocation, decongestion, better planning, identifying specific problem areas, and faster solutions.
Be it achieving the Sustainable Development Goals or providing the underlying foundation and ultimately the fabric upon which smart solutions can be built, the role of geospatial is becoming indispensable in almost every sphere of life. There is a greater rush for accurate maps, regulations on what is being mapped and more discussions on how to utilize location based technologies to function more effectively.
Geospatial is becoming synonymous to connecting people for larger benefits. Be it tsunamis or wildfires, geospatial technologies are largely helping in mitigating disasters risks and combating after-effects. Be it the public sector or the private sector or the common man, everyone is adopting geospatial for better outcomes.
Recognizing this evolving role of geospatial, national geospatial agencies world over are playing a crucial role in facilitating the adoption of geospatial technologies so as to enable higher productivity among businesses, people and the society at large. They have been doing a great job in providing the ecosystem needed for spreading the usage and deriving the benefits of geospatial technologies, but in this rapidly changing digital world, what worked a few years earlier need to be pondered upon and re-strengthened to bring in favorable results. This is what The United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress (UNWGIC) aims to do.
With an intent to set directions with regard to the production, availability and use of geospatial information within national, regional and global policy frameworks, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) established the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management. Led by United Nations Member States, UN-GGIM aims to address global challenges regarding the use of geospatial information, including in the development agendas, and to serve as a body for global policymaking in the field of geospatial information management
Initiated by the UN-GGIM, United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress (UNWGIC) is aimed 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 enable UN-GGIM 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.
Innovation is key to progress. To meet the changing needs, the geospatial technologies need to continuously innovate and UNWGIC’s theme of geospatial innovation, science and technology is apt to encourage the participants to think beyond the mundane and come up with more efficient products and solutions that make the accomplishment of SDGs easier and faster.
The two major highlights of the Congress are the Plenary Sessions and the Geospatial Technology and Application Exhibition. The Plenary Sessions will engage the audience through thought provoking sessions around the subjects of digital economy, sustainable development, smart societies and growing international cooperation. As an important part of the UNWGIC, there will also be the Geospatial Technology and Application Exhibition that will showcase the state-of-the-art technologies, products and application solutions from the world-leading companies.
Geospatial enthusiasts and thought leaders from all over the world are encouraged to register and be a part of this exciting initiative by the UN-GGIM, Ministry of Natural Resources, China and The Government of Zhejiang Province, China.