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The First Meeting of the Steering Committee for UNWGIC Held in Beijing

The First Meeting of the Steering Committee for the United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress was held on 25 December 2017 at the headquarters of the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation (NASG) of China in Beijing. The Co-Chairs of the Steering Committee for the Congress, Mr. Liu Zhenmin, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Mr. Kurexi Maihesuti, Director General of NASG, and Mr. Yuan Jiajun, Governor of Zhejiang Province represented by Vice Governor Mr. Sun Jingmiao, attended the meeting and made a speech respectively. Mr. Li Pengde, Deputy Director General of NASG, and Ms. Wang Qinying, Mayor of Deqing County of Zhejiang Province, reported on the progress of the preparatory work on behalf of NASG and the venue city government. The meeting mobilized all relevant parties and efforts for the congress preparations, and provided guidance for the next step work. The members of the organizing teams of UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), NASG, and the governments of Zhejiang Province and Deqing County participated in the meeting.

The Congress aims 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 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.

Mr. Liu Zhenmin, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs

Mr. Kurexi Maihesuti, Vice Minister, Ministry of Land and Resources, Director General of NASG, China

Mr. Sun Jingmiao, Vice Governor, People’s Government of Zhejiang Province, China