UN-GGIM Global Geodesy Forum on Earth Day

Image of the rotating Earth on the left, with text on the right with the names of people for the following roles: Moderator, Mr. Nicholas Brown, Co-Chair of the UN-GGIM Subcommittee on Geodesy; Opening Address, His Excellency Ambassador Peter Thomson, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean; Safer and more resilient communities, Dr. Tulu Besha Bedada, Director General of the Geospatial Information Institute in Ethiopia; Economic benefits from investment in geodesy, Ms. Alison Rose, Chief of Place, Space and Communities Division, Geoscience Australia; Our lifestyle is improved by geodesy, Prof Paul Becker, President of the Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy, Germany; Effective land management, Ms. Paloma Merodio Gómez, Vice President of the National Institute of Statistics and Geography, Mexico.

Every day, humanity benefits from geodesy. An amazing panel of speakers will present the benefits of geodesy to society in a virtual open forum 10.30 am (UTC) on 22 April 2021, Earth Day.

The Global Geodesy Forum “Power of where: The value of Geodesy to Society” is organized by the UN-GGIM Subcommittee on Geodesy and will focus on the significance of geodesy for the wellbeing and betterment of society, environment and economy.

Global Geodesy Ambassador

The United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Ocean, the Honorable Ambassador Peter Thomson, who is also the Global Geodesy Ambassador, will provide the opening address.

Ambassador Peter Thomson from Fiji introduced the resolution ‘A Global Geodetic Reference Frame for Sustainable Development’ (A/RES/69/266) to the United Nations General Assembly in 2015.

Crucial role of geodesy

The forum will also highlight the benefits enabled by an accurate and reliable Global Geodetic Reference Frame (GGRF), and the crucial role of geodesy in providing safer and more resilient communities. Target groups are policy- and decision makers, chief executives, director-generals and senior executives from Member States and relevant stakeholders in the global geospatial community.

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