Implementing Change with Geospatial Information
On 18-21 June, Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse, Executive Director – Strategic Consulting & International Relations joined global leaders in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the fourth United Nations Expert Consultations and Meetings on the Development of the Implementation Guide of the Integrated Geospatial Information Framework (IGIF).
The IGIF Framework aims to assist countries in the development and management of their geospatial information resources.
A geospatially-enabled nation
The Framework defines a geospatially-enabled nation as:
[A nation] which shares, integrates and uses a wide range of data to achieve social, economic and environmental benefits.
Geospatial information is the underpinning infrastructure for a wide range of societal challenges beyond those expressed in the Sustainable Development Goals, from energy transition and smart transportation to social inclusion and crime investigation. For this reason, greater awareness of the vital role of geospatial information is emphasised, particularly in developing countries. The Framework provides practical solutions to address this challenge.
Attendees of the Fourth Expert Consultations and Meetings on the Development of the Implementation Guide of the Integrated Geospatial Information Framework, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Making geospatial possible
The Framework aids countries in the move towards e-economies, e-service and e-commerce to:
- improve services to citizens
- build capacity for using geospatial technology
- enhance informed government decision making processes
- facilitate private sector development
- take practical actions to achieve a digital transformation, and
- bridge the geospatial digital divide in the implementation of national strategic priorities and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Zaffar represented World Geospatial Industry Council at the IGIF Consultation in his capacity of Executive Board Member, besides Dr Andrew Barnicoat, President UNGGIM-Asia Pacific & Chief of Positioning & Community Safety, Geoscience Australia, and Dr Lesley Arnold (Resource person, UNGGIM) were the other Australian’s who took part in the expert consultation meeting.
Access the full Framework here.