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26 February to 01 March 2024 | By invitation only

United Nations Global Service Centre, Valencia, Spain and Brindisi Italy

Utilisation of geospatial information covering satellite imagery and earth observation data is critical for monitoring, analysing, and effective policy planning for actions in support of sustainable development goals (SDGs). Geospatial information is one of the big data sources and is essential for promoting regional cooperation to address development challenges beyond national boundaries such as increasing sea level, hazard-exposed transport, shipping, energy and communication routes, and disaster risk reduction in the Asia-Pacific region.


Key challenges to the effective utilization of geospatial are that data or information are: (1) scattered into siloes; (2) not publicly available and shared; (3) proactive curated and managed by a managing organization; and (4) not guided by regional intergovernmental agreement or framework arrangement which sets out the scope, benefits, and responsibilities of regional data integration. Addressing these challenging will lead to long-term solutions to meeting SDGs from increased problem-solving capacity with heightened understanding of regional development challenges.


Following this, the ESCAP secretariat has organised a series of in-person meetings and online workshops to inform, engage, and consult the geospatial experts from the members of the UN-GGIM-AP on the potential idea of a geospatial data hub and platform to support the implementation of SDGs in the Asia Pacific region. Expert feedback and inputs were received on the conceptualisation of the data hub and platform and additional concerns for data governance, privacy, and security.


In continuation, the ESCAP secretariat is organising an expert meeting for consultative discussion sessions to set up a regional data hub and platform in the Asia Pacific region which integrates data across a network of participating countries and cross sectionally. The sessions are expected to contribute substantively to the long-term initiative to build and fully operationalize an “Asia Pacific Networked Geospatial Data Hub”. The meeting will provide guidance for developing, integrating, strengthening, and maximizing geospatial information management and related resources in all countries. It will assist countries in bridging the geospatial digital divide, secure socio-economic prosperity, and to leave no one behind.

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Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division [email protected]
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