Invites all member states to contribute
UN-GGIM 10th SESSION: Prof. Paul Becker presented the German proposal at the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management’s (UN-GGIM) tenth session 26th August. Photo: BKG/Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy
The Centre will provide coordination, counselling and assistance to Member States that works to sustain, enhance, access and utilize the Global Geodetic Reference Frame.
“I’m excited that our proposal to host the Centre of Excellence at the UN Campus in Bonn was accepted by the UN-GGIM Committee of Experts. In the long-term the centre supports the sustainability and quality of the Global Geodetic Reference Frame (GGRF). The GGCE will contribute to a globally coordinated geodetic infrastructure. I’m grateful that many Member States, the International Association for Geodesy (IAG) and other organizations expressed their support”, says Prof. Paul Becker, president of the Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy in Germany.
The co-chairs of the UN-GGIM Subcommittee on Geodesy, Alexey Trifonov (Russia) and Nicholas Brown (Australia) are both thankful and proud of the massive support from Member States and organisations.
Open to the requests and needs of all Member States
“The unanimous support of its establishment indicates that there is a need for such a Centre and great expectations for its work. The Centre should be equally open to the requests and needs of all Member States, and become an appropriate governance structure in order to effectively implement the GGRF Road Map, particularly with respect to its being owned and driven by Member States”, says Alexey Trifonov.
The UN-GGIM tenth session decision to support the establishment of the GGCE is a major event in the history of global geodesy – and of significant importance, according to the co-chairs.
“The importance of a Global Geodetic Centre of Excellence is hard to put into words. I am so proud of the work done. The Centre will help improve collaboration and coordination to leverage the great work is done by UN Member States and organisations such as the International Association of Geodesy, International Federation of Surveyors”, says Nicholas Brown.
The Global Geodetic Reference Frame (GGRF) is the foundation for evidence-based policies and decisions, it underpins the collection and management of nationally integrated geospatial information and is used to monitor our dynamic Earth. Thus the GGRF has direct societal relevance.