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Roles and Gaps in Geospatial Information Management in Asia and Pacific Countries

Presenter 1
Jungwon Yang
University of Michigan

At its 47th plenary meeting on July 27, 2011, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations acknowledged the urgent need to strengthen international cooperation in global geospatial information management. The ECOSOC established the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) during that meeting, and asked the UN-GGIM to identify the global, regional, and national challenges, and provide recommendations for their resolution. In October 2015, after 5 years of investigation, the Asia and Pacific member states of the UN-GGIM and United Nations agencies, such as United nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), UN Habitat, UN Statistics Division, and United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS), convened to share their global and national projects at the 4th UN-GGIM-AP conference. In this presentation I will present the major global and national projects and challenges of Asia and the Pacific countries related to capacity building and disaster risk management. I will also introduce open GIS software, was developed by the United Nations agencies and the UN-GGIM-AP member states. Finally, I will discuss how these current global collaborations in Asia and the Pacific countries will affect the availability and reliability of geospatial data in the region.

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