Recently, Indian PM stated that technology in India is a tool for inclusion rather than exclusion. He made those remarks while inaugurating the second United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress (UNWGIC) in Hyderabad.

 

Background

  • The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) created the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) in 2011.
  • The Committee of Experts is the apex intergovernmental mechanism recognising the need to promote international cooperation in the field of global geospatial information.
  • To achieve this, the UN-GGIM encouraged Member States to hold high-level, multi-stakeholder discussions on global geospatial information on a regular basis, including through the convening of global forums.
  • As a result, the UNWGIC was formed.

 

About UNWGIC

  • The aim of the UNWGIC is to provide a platform to enhance the communication, understanding, knowledge and application of geospatial information management.
  • Convened by the UN, the inaugural UNWIC (theme, “The Geospatial Way to a Better World”) was held in China in 2018.
    • It substantially improved and strengthened the role of geospatial information management towards implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to keep the promise to leave no one behind.

 

The 2nd UNWGIC

  • This will be hosted by the Government of India through its Ministry of Science and Technology in Hyderabad from 10-14 October, 2022.
  • Theme – “Geo-Enabling the Global Village: No One Should Be Left Behind”.
  • The second UNWGIC will emphasise the importance of integrated geospatial information to support sustainable development, address climate challenges, embrace digital transformation and catalyse a vibrant economy.