National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geo-information of China (NASG), jointly organised the Kunming Forum on United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management with the overarching theme “Cities of the Future: Smart, Resilient and Sustainable” from 10 – 12 May 2017 in Kunming, Yunnan, China.
The Third Meeting of the IAEG-SDGs Working Group on Geospatial Information (IAEG-SDGs: WGGI) was hosted by the Government of China through the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geo-information of China in Kunming, Yunnan, China from 8 – 10 May 2017.
The Kunming Forum follows up on these global policy needs as well as ECOSOC’s resolution (2016/27) entitled “Strengthening institutional arrangements on geospatial information management” which stressed the continued need to strengthen the coordination and coherence of global geospatial information management as well as in capacity-development and norm-setting. In this instance, the Kunming Forum will emphasise the role and contribution of geospatial information in shaping and building smart, resilient and sustainable cities of the future, where lives of all can be improved and our world transformed for the better. This strategic emphasis aligns with ECOSOC’s main theme for its 2018 session; “from global to local: supporting sustainable and resilient societies in urban and rural communities”.
The following sessions were organised during the Kunming Forum :
Session 1: Visioning the cities of the Future
Session 2: Smart and Resilient Cities : Leveraging Innovation and Technologies
Session 3: Smart and Resilient Cities : Leveraging integrative Information systems
Session 4: Smart, Resilient and sustainable cities : Cooperation and partnerships
Session 5: Where is the data? Towards a sustainable data ecosystem
Session 6: Leveraging the Data Ecosystem
Session 7 : Resilient cities - strategic framework on geospatial information and services for disasters
Session 8 : Improving availability and application of Geospatial information
Session 9 : 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development
Session 10 : Geospatial information management for cities of the future.
The session was represented from FIG by Dr, Manohar Velpuri, Vicechair of Commission 9 as part of the working group 9.2's efforts to emphasise- "Block-chain’s role in publicizing and promoting the work of surveyors to the public, particularly to young people, governments and non-government organizations. Additionally, to enhance the value and perception of surveyors and the services they can deliver, especially in support of the global sustainability agenda and the UN Millennium Development Goals"