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ASIA-PACIFIC GEOSPATIAL FORUM

The Asia-Pacific Geospatial Forum (APGF) has evolved into a pivotal platform for geospatial information enthusiasts and practitioners to convene, exchanging experiences, skills, innovations, and future directions. This forum primarily serves as a support system for members of the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management for Asia and the Pacific (UNGGIM-AP), national geospatial agencies, the geospatial industry, and the community to come together in Bali, Indonesia.

Bali has been a beacon of tourism excellence for nations worldwide for over a decade. Now, it represents an opportune moment to gather, especially after the global pandemic of COVID-19. Indonesia, as a permanent UNGGIM-AP member and the host country for APGF in 2023, offers an ideal setting for this occasion, scheduled for early November 2023. It aligns perfectly with the end of the year, allowing for reflections on the past year and projections for a promising 2024.

The theme for APGF 2023 is “Embracing Geospatial Innovation for a Sustainable World.” This forum provides a platform for geospatial practitioners from across the globe, with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region, to share their innovations in geospatial information that contribute to global initiatives aimed at achieving a sustainable world. Another significant goal is to foster collaboration with UNGGIM-AP, UNGEGN, UNSD, and other relevant bodies to advance the development of geospatial information on a global scale.

International Seminar on Geo-Innovation for a Safe and Sustainable World

Background

Emerging geospatial technology is driving today’s decision-making processes related to socio-economic and environmental issues. It also fosters opportunities for innovation and creativity, enabling governments to bridge the digital divide more swiftly. Geospatial innovation, often referred to as ‘Geo-Innovation,’ empowers governments, businesses, and communities to become significantly more agile in transforming and scaling up their capabilities than in the recent past. Consequently, this seminar is essential to catalyze the adoption of the latest technologies, processes, and innovations in a manner that leaves no one behind.

Goals

  • Realizing the benefits and efficiencies of geospatial innovation for sustainable development and digital transformation
  • Sharing knowledge and experiences among UN-GGIM member states in creating and implementing innovation ecosystem

Programs

  • Keynote Speech
  • Session 1 – Unlocking the potential of geospatial innovation
  • Session 2 – Enabling geospatial solutions for sustainable cities
  • Session 3 – Innovation for effective land administration
  • Session 4 – Building geospatial innovation ecosystem

Invited Speakers

  • Minister of National Development Planning/National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS)
  • Chairman of Geospatial Information Agency (BIG)
  • President of UN-GGIM Regional Committees (Asia Pacific, Americas, Arab States, Europe, Africa)
  • Director of UN Statistical Division
  • Governor of Bali Province
  • UN-GGIM Asia Pacific Members

Geodetic Reference Frames and Applications for Disaster Workshop

Background

Geodetic Reference Frames and their dynamics are underpinning infrastructure to map and monitor change of the Earth, climate change and related geohazards. This workshop focused on geodetic capacity development on these vital products of geodesy by sharing expertise, knowledge and experiences among countries and related stakeholders. The event is co-organized by the Regional Committee of the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management for Asia and the Pacific (UN-GGIM-AP), International Association of Geodesy (IAG), the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), and the Geospatial Information Agency of Indonesia (BIG).

The primary focus of this event is geodetic reference frames, their dynamics, and the application of geodesy in disaster risk reduction especially for GNSS early tsunami warning systems. Another key topic of the workshop is the Global Geodesy Needs Assessment by the United Nations Subcommittee on Geodesy and the Global Geodetic Center of Excellence. An open discussion on this challenge is planned during one of the sessions.

This workshop is an integral part of the Asia Pacific Geospatial Forum and will be held concurrently with the UN-GGIM-AP 12th Plenary meeting. Participants will soon be able to register for this event through the conference website. We eagerly anticipate your presence in the beautiful setting of Bali.

Goals

  1. Sharing knowledge and experiences among participants in implementing geodetic reference frame in active regions
  2. Sharing knowledge and experiences among participants utilizing geodetic infrastructure for geohazard
  3. Mapping needs of countries and stakeholders for geodetic infrastructure through open discussion

Programs

  • Welcome remarks
  • Session 1 – Geodetic Reference Frame and Its Dynamics
  • Session 2 – Geodesy Application for Disasters (Tsunami Early Warning System)
  • Session 3 – Geodetic Capacity Development
  • Session 4 – The Global Geodesy Development Plan

Invited Speakers

IAG (President, WG 1.3.1), UN-GGIM-AP WG 1, FIG, GSI, Geoscience Australia, GNS Science, PGSC, UN-DESA

Integrated Geospatial Information Framework (IGIF) Workshop

Background

The United Nations Integrated Geospatial Information Framework (IGIF) was adopted by the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) to serve as the foundation and mechanism for enhancing national geospatial information management structures. IGIF serves as a comprehensive guide for all UN-GGIM activities and aims to bolster the national capacities required to effectively oversee geospatial resources. Its overarching goal is to modernize national geospatial information management systems in all countries.

This workshop is designed to support the implementation of IGIF in the Asia Pacific region and to facilitate the development of country-level Action Plans for UN-GGIM Asia Pacific member states.

Goals

  • Sharing the current status of IGIF implementation (strategic pathways) in each UN-GGIM Asia Pacific member state.
  • Enhancing knowledge and applying the UN Approach to develop country-level Action Plans.

Programs

  • Session 1 – Welcome remarks
  • Session 2 – Global perspectives for the implementation of UN-IGIF
  • Session 3 – Sharing session of UN-GGIM AP member countries in implementing IGIF
  • Session 4 – UN Approach on Developing Country-level Action Plans

Invited Speakers

  • President of UN-GGIM Regional Committees (Asia Pacific, Americas, Arab States, Europe, Africa)
  • UN Inter-Regional Advisor
  • UN-GGIM Asia Pacific Members

ORGANIZER

Indonesian Geospatial Information Agency (BIG)

SUPPORTING

Bali Provincial Government
Ministry of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning / National Land Agency.
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