HOME  >  Programme

Special Session

"Young Geospatial Professionals Summit"


Addressing global challenges requires energy and enthusiasm. From poverty to climate resilience to gender inequality and scarce natural resources, the Young Geospatial Professionals Summit at the United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress will allow the younger within our global community to share their observations and experiences, in their quest to contribute and a difference. Young geospatial professionals must be, and are part of our sustainable future, leveraging geospatial information, technologies and services in the quest for effective solutions and actions through innovative acquisition and application of place-based information and services for sustainable development. Young geospatial professionals will make a difference.

The Young Geospatial Professionals Summit provides participants of the UNWGIC, particularly the younger, to engage one another, to exchange ideas, experiences and struggles to be part of the solution and to make a difference, along three broad aspects:

  • Effective governance and institutional arrangements;
  • Culture of sharing and partnerships; and
  • Developing trusts with geospatial data, technologies and innovation.

The magic and effectiveness of the summit, is not merely in the talks and the presentations, rather the opportunity for young professionals of diverse backgrounds, different circumstances and divergent career choices, to meet, to interact, to share, to learn and to relate with one another and sundry, on one's experiences, joys and heartaches, to inspire and to be inspired. To be part of a global geospatial information community that wants to keep the promise to leave no one behind.

  1. Welcome remarks - addressing global challenges  09:00 - 09:30
  2. Moderator:
    Ms. Eva-Maria Unger, Kadaster International, Netherlands
  3. Welcome and introductory addresses
  4. The welcome and introductory addresses will also outline some key global challenges facing humanity today and in the upcoming future, challenges that will need to be addressed by relating people, events and activities to place, and the call for action, including to young professionals

  5. Ms. Dorine Burmanje, Co-Chair, UN-GGIM and Chair of Executive Board, Netherlands Kadaster
  6. Ms. Paloma Merodio Gomez, President, UN-GGIM: Americas and Vice President, INEGI Mexico
  7. Addressing the challenges  09:30 - 10:30
  8. The United Nations Integrated Geospatial Information Framework is a basis and a mechanism to strengthen national geospatial information management by governments and is anchored by nine strategic pathways. The presentations here will highlight some of the initiatives and activities either at the global or the local levels to strengthen national geospatial information management capacities and capabilities to address the challenges, and how the younger can proactively be part of the solution.

  9. Presentations:
    Ms. Macarena Pérez Garcia, Secretaria Ejecutiva SNIT - IDE de Chile
  10. Ms. Malgorzata Drewniak, Lantmäteriet, Sweden
  11. Ms. Bayarmaa Enkhtur, Agency for Land Administration and Management, Geodesy and Cartography, Mongolia
  12. Ms. Oleta Williams, Guyana Lands and Survey Commission, Guyana
  13. Moderated and open discussions


  14. Addressing the challenges  11:00 - 12:15
  15. The presentations here will highlight the innovative ideas, initiatives and activities either at the global, or the regional or the local levels to address some of the challenges including to bridge the geospatial digital divide, and how the younger can proactively be part of the solution.

  16. Moderator:
    Mr. Uttam Pudasaini, Flyinglab Initiatives, Nepal
  17. Presentations:
    Ms. Eva-Maria Unger, Kadaster International, Netherlands
  18. Ms. Siotasia Halaki'umata Patricia Malolo, Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Kingdom of Tonga
  19. Ms. Qiqi Yang, Global ChangeMakers, China
  20. Mr. Willy Franck Sob, SOGEFI, Cameroon
  21. Ms. Krystal Wilson, Secure World Foundation, United States
  22. Mr. Uttam Pudasaini, Flyinglab Initiatives, Nepal
  23. Moderated and open discussions


  24. Wrapping up and Close  12:15 - 12:30
  25. Moderator:
    Ms. Eva-Maria Unger, Kadaster International, Netherlands
  26. Summary statement
    Ms. Eva-Maria Unger, Kadaster International, Netherlands
  27. Closing remarks
    Ms. Dorine Burmanje, Co-Chair, UN-GGIM and Chair of Executive Board, Netherlands Kadaster
    ORGANIZERS