USA: GIS for the United Nations and the International Community Conference was held in Geneva, Switzerland recently, attracting more than 200 attendees from organisations and fields of work including the UN, academic fields, nongovernmental organisations, and the private sector.
The keynote speaker at the event was Ambassador Betty E. King, the United States’ permanent representative to the United Nations Offices in Geneva, who said that GIS and related technology was acting as a transformative tool, allowing people and organisations to address global challenges and development opportunities.
The world’s current resources are insufficient to address all the major global development and humanitarian crises that we face,” she said. “Through the use of science and technology, including innovative uses of GIS applications, we can become more effective and efficient in this endeavour and stretch the power of limited resources.”
The conference took the form of ten separate sessions, which focused on furthering the use and applications of GIS and spatial analysis for humanitarian and international agencies.
The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) and Esri jointly organised the conference.