NAMRIA has participated in the Tenth Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) on 26-27 August and 4 September 2020. The annual session was held in a scaled down virtual format in light of the continued and ongoing impact of COVID-19 on the working arrangements for the 2020 sessions of the Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) subsidiary bodies. H.E. Enrique A. Manalo, Permanent Representative of the Philippine Mission to the United Nations, and Usec. Peter N. Tiangco, NAMRIA Administrator led the Philippine Delegation to the event.
Although with a revised format, this year’s session addressed several emerging and critical issues and future trends related to the role and contribution of integrated geospatial information management within national, regional, and global settings. Numerous substantive activities have been undertaken and completed since the ninth session. These include progress on: the Integrated Geospatial Information Framework; the Future Trends in Geospatial Information Management; a Framework for effective Land Administration; strengthening geospatial information management; the sustainability and quality of the Global Geodetic Reference Frame; how geospatial information supports and informs the Sustainable Development Goals; and progress and activities of the Committee's Experts and Working Groups, among others.
The statements of support from senior officials and executives from national geospatial information and statistical authorities within Member States and international geospatial experts from across the globe centered on bridging the geospatial digital divide in the implementation of national strategic properties and the Agenda for Sustainable Development. This requires promulgation of global geospatial standards, development of efficient laws and policies, and mobilization of geospatial resources.
Ms. Paloma Gomez of Mexico (Chair of UN-GGIM: Americas) presents the report of the UN-GGIM Regional Committees.
The Philippine Mission to the UN and NAMRIA were both in attendance at the virtual annual session.
The Philippines has also endorsed statements of support for: Integrated Geospatial Information Framework; Global Geodetic Reference Frame; Integration of Geospatial, Statistical, and Other Related Information; Geospatial Information and Services for Disasters; and Marine Geospatial Information. The country also expressed its appreciation for UN-GGIM, and to the best practices of other Member States, including the advancement for the Global Statistical Geospatial Framework, the establishment of the Global Geodetic Center of Excellence, and the strengthened implementation of the Strategic Framework on Geospatial Information and Services for Disasters.
The UNGGIM Secretariat has also reported GIM-related programs and activities of the United Nations, as well as the country-level initiatives of Member States in responding to the impacts of COVID-19. NAMRIA, through the Geoportal Philippines has developed the COVID Map App as a repository of geospatial updates from the Department of Health. As the central mapping agency of the Philippine Government, NAMRIA will continue its support to the undertakings of the UN-GGIM and the global geospatial community.
The other members of the Philippine Delegation to the event were: Ms. Kira Christianne D. Azucena, Ms. Leila Lora C. Santos, and Ms. Rochelle N. Chen from the Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the United Nations; and GISMB Director John Santiago F. Fabic, GISMB Assistant Director Benjamin P. Balais, Atty. Jessie M. Racimo, Information Systems Analyst Rosal H. Dolanas, and Media Production Specialist Annrou R. Ramos from NAMRIA.
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