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Second High Level Forum on Global Geospatial Information Management

The Secretariat of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), in collaboration with the Government of Qatar, will be convening the Second High Level Forum.

The Forum will bring together government representatives from United Nations Member States as well as interested stakeholders from non-governmental organizations, academia and the private sector to address and discuss critical and cutting-edge issues on global geospatial information management. The Forum also seeks to promote greater usage of growing sources of geospatial information and best practices.

The activities will begin on Sunday, 3 February, 2013 with An ‘Exchange Forum with the Geospatial Industry’. The High Level Forum starts on Monday, 4 February, 2012 with an Opening Ceremony and Ministerial Segment, followed by five technical sessions over the next three days. Bringing all stakeholders together, the Forum will address current critical matters such as: the importance of and drivers for building a sustainable national geospatial information system; future trends in geospatial information, including growing the information base and promoting its greater use; developing an effective global geodetic reference framework and leveraging location-based services; geospatial information and sustainable development (Rio+20); and challenges in developing core global reference datasets. Each of the sessions will consist of a keynote presentation, panel presentations and discussion with the audience. Additional information will continually be available at

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