US, March 4, 2015: The UN General Assembly recently adopted a consensus resolution on global geospatial information management.
Under its agenda item on the follow-up to outcomes of major United Nations conferences and summits in the economic, social and related fields, the Assembly adopted the global geodetic reference frame for sustainable development. By its terms, it urged its members to voluntarily implement open sharing of geodetic data, standards and conventions, inviting them to improve national geodetic infrastructure and engage in multilateral cooperation that addressed infrastructure gaps and duplications, towards the development of a more sustainable geodetic reference frame.
Information derived from such work would be important for the development community, in terms of tracking changes in populations, ice caps and the atmosphere. Such a common framework would provide a sound basis for multilateral cooperation.
In his remarks, General Assembly President Sam K. Kutesa (Uganda) said the Council’s 2014 session had yielded several important outcomes, including the decision to enhance global cooperation for providing technical aid to develop a global reference frame which could contribute to more accurate measuring of the changing planet, with potential economic and environmental benefits. He added that the Council had provided an invaluable contribution to efforts to formulate an integrated development framework and advance links among the various activities of the United Nations system.
UN-GGIM Global Geodetic Reference Frame (GGRF) Working Group is formed by UNGGIM in this regard to develop a roadmap for a collaborative global geodetic observation network and the associated infrastructure.