Foreign Policy Watch: United Nations

UN World Geospatial Information Congress (UNWGIC)


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : World Geospatial Information Congress (UNWGIC)

Mains level : Geospatial technology


PM has inaugurated the second United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress (UNWGIC) in Hyderabad.

What is UNWGIC?

  • The first United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress was held in Deqing, Zhejiang Province, China in 2018.
  • The United Nation Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) organizes the UNWGIC every four years.
  • It is hosted by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Government of India.
  • The objectives are enhancing international collaboration among the Member States and relevant stakeholders in Geospatial information management and capacities.
  • The theme of UNWGIC 2022 is ‘Geo-Enabling the Global Village: No one should be left behind’.

Objectives of UNWGIC

  • The move aims to provide high-quality and trustworthy geospatial data to support global and national policy agendas.
  • It also stresses international cooperation and coordination in the development of human data linked to geography.
  • It promotes societal development and well-being, addresses environmental and climate challenges, and embraces digital transformation and technological advancement.

Why collaborate on geospatial technology?

  • Geospatial technology can be used to create intelligent maps and models which help to collect geographically referenced data.
  • Decisions based on the value and importance of resources, most of which are limited, can become easy through geospatial technology.
  • Intelligent maps and models can be created using geospatial technology.
  • It can be used to reveal spatial patterns hidden in large amounts of data that are complex to access collectively through mapping.


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