China, October 22, 2014: The third high level forum on United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) was held in Beijing on 22–24 October. The forum was jointly hosted by UN-GGIM Committee of Experts and National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation of China (NASG) on the theme: Sustainable Development with Geospatial Information.
It offered an opportunity for the global geospatial information community to pay particular attention to the critical roles of geospatial information science, technology and innovation, as tools to integrate the three pillars (economic, social, environmental) of sustainable development, and as important geographic elements of the post-2015 development agenda.
Vice Minister of Land and Resources and Director General of NASG, Kurexi Maihesuti, in his the opening address stated that geospatial information plays an important role in achieving sustainable development goals, and that economic development, social progress and environment protection are closely related. He also noted that in the last one decade, the geospatial information industry has made outstanding achievements by registering a CAGR of over 20%.
Expressing his gratitude to the Chinese government and NASG for their support in the work of the UN-GGIM, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Wu Hongbo told the gathering that UN congress recently concurred that sustainable development is one of the core factors outlining the post-2015 development agenda, and that geospatial industry will play an active role in achieving these objectives.
During the three-day sessions, NASG also signed a cooperative agreement on the BeiDou navigation satellite system, GIS database construction, development, E-service of Smart city, national geographical general survey, land survey technology, photometry mapping, remote sensing technology and other aspects with the surveying and mapping administrations of Mexico, South Korea, Mongolia, Switzerland and many other countries. The details of the same are yet to emerge.
It was also learnt that at the end of the forum all the attended countries would jointly issue the Beijing Declaration, which would appeal to the international community to utilise geospatial information to accelerate the sustainable development.