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The UN World Geospatial Information Congress Formally Announced at the Fifth High Level Forum on UN-GGIM

At the Fifth High Level Forum on UN-GGIM held in Mexico City, Mexico on 28-30 November, 2017, it was formally announced that the inaugural United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress, initiated by the UN-GGIM under the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will be held in Deqing, Zhejiang Province, China from 19 - 21 November 2018. The Congress will be organized by the UN Statistics Division as the UN-GGIM Secretariat, in collaboration with the Government of China through the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation (NASG) and the Government of Zhejiang Province of China. Dr. Li Pengde, Deputy Director General of NASG, and Co-Chair of UN-GGIM, made a brief introduction about the Congress, and extended a warm welcome for the geospatial professionals from all governments, non-governmental organizations, academic and research institutions and the private sector to attend the Congress.

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.