Wu Huayi spoke at the United Nations Global Geographic Information Management Forum
on Sustainable Development by Geographic Information
Website news (Correspondent: Wan Aiping) On October 22~24, the third United Nations Global Geographic Information Management Forum was held in Beijing. Wu Huayi, professor of State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing, was invited to attend the forum. He gave a speech at the session of "Measuring and Monitoring Development by Innovative Technology ".
This forum is co-organized by the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation (NASG) of China and UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), the theme of which is "Geographic Information Supports Sustainable Development." Members and organizations attending the forum include: 7 ministerial-level officials, nearly 20 directors of National Administration of Surveying, Secretariat of the United Nations and specialized agencies, International Federation of Surveyors, International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, International Hydrographic Organization, and International Cartographic Association, etc.
In this forum, critical issues on supporting sustainable development by geographic information services were discussed in the following aspects: the development agenda after 2015, sustainable cities and habitat, climate change and disaster reduction, using scientific and technological innovation for measuring and monitoring development, multi-national and inter-regional cooperation.
The forum is divided into two parts: ministerial discussion and technical discussion. Wu Huayi's report entitled "For Time-critical Geospatial Decision Making, Real-time GIS and More…" is widely recognized by participants. Afterwards, he participated in the panel discussion of experts.
Wu Huayi says in the report: as to the development trend of geographic information technology, real time geographic information services based on sensor network, ubiquitous network, high performance computing and other technologies will provide good technical support for ecological environment monitoring and rapid decision making in disaster relief needed by sustainable development. He further notes that the development of geo-information services does not only mean the opening and online sharing of data. At least in the academic and scientific community, online processing method and analytical model on geographic information needs further opening up and sharing.
It is reported that the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geographic Information Management is founded in July 2011 with the approval of ECOSOC. It is the world's highest level of intergovernmental negotiation organization, designed to promote coordination and cooperation in geographic information. As to previous two forums: one is held in Korea in 2011 and one is held in Qatar in 2013.