A major capacity development goal for many developing countries is to ensure that international cooperation and partnerships can be leveraged in such a way that fosters the management and exchange of geospatial information in support of national development priorities. Effective cross-sector and interdisciplinary international cooperation, including industry and private sector partnerships, are an important premise to developing a sustainable integrated geospatial information framework in countries, building upon a culture of trusted partnerships and strategic alliances that recognize common needs and aspirations, and aligned to national priorities. The Session will be framed by the "Belt and Road" region; home to more than 65% of the world's population, 85% of the world's major disasters, and 18 cities that have populations of greater than 10 million inhabitants. The Belt and Road initiative promises increased trade, socio-economic development, and protecting diverse and fragile environments. It also includes a digital dimension - the Digital Silk Road - to leverage the Internet, the digital economy, and improved science and technology infrastructure across the region.