International Symposium ‘A Smart Sustainable Future for All 2018’

We are delighted to invite you to join us and participate in the International Symposium and Workshops on ‘A Smart Sustainable Future for All 2018‘ from 24–26 September 2018. This event is hosted by the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructure and Land Administration (CSDILA) and Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety (CDMPS), in co-partnership with The World Bank (the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery and the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice), and supported by the UN-GGIM Academic Network as well as various national and international organisations. 

The symposium will bring together the academic and research community with frontline stakeholders in government, industry and professional bodies to explore the state of play (in knowledge and practice), identify local, national, and global challenges, and discuss recent research and innovative solutions that address all facets of achieving our common aspirations for a smart and sustainable future for all. 

During the symposium, we will release a major report on a research framework that links the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with various facets of disaster management. The Symposium will be preceded by a one-day parallel workshop on Smart Land and Urban Data Management (Workshop 1) and Leading During Crisis and Developing a Next Generation Management Team (Workshop 2). The Symposium will feature invited keynote presentations, plenary panel forum and parallel technical presentations around the themes identified here. The event also includes a forum for the World Bank project on resilience and resilience impact of land and geospatial data infrastructure for disaster risk management. 

We hope to see you in Melbourne in September 2018! Register here, follow our twitter for updates @SSFuture18. 

Academic Network Meeting 2 August 2018

The Academic Network meeting will be held on 2 August 2018 to discuss the Network’s Work Plan and our research agenda. The meeting will be help in Conference Room 12 (CR-12) between 8:00-10:00. You may find more information about side events, meetings and sessions here.

Professors Strobl and Rajabifard Met in Australia

Professor Josef Strobl, member of the Academic Network Advisory Board (Head of Department of GeoInformatics, University of Salzburg), and Professor Abbas Rajabifard, Chair of the Academic Network, met in Melbourne, Australia. During Professor Strobl’s visit, the 2018 Work Plan and future activities were discussed as well as strategic areas of the Network’s capacity building activities and future plans for different regions active in the Academic Network.

EO4Alps Summer School, June 24 – July 6, 2018 is one of the upcoming capacity building events that was discussed during the meeting. You may find more information about the summer school here.

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UPCOMING Academic Network Forum 2018!

We are excited to announce that UN-GGIM Academic Network’s second annual forum will be held at the Eighth Session UN-GGIM at the UN Headquarters on Monday July 30, 2018 in CR3 from 14:00-18:00. The forum will focus on urban settlements, resilience, and sustainability. Check back to learn more about the forum theme and program.

Overview: Academic Network Forum 2017

Overview: Successful Academic Network Forum 2017

The 2017 United Nations-Global Geospatial Information Management Academic Network (UN-GGIM) Forum with the theme “Secure Land Rights and Smart Cities – Making it Work for Sustainable Development” was successfully held on 31 July 2017 at UN Headquarter in New York as part of the Seventh Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on GGIM. The Forum brought together over 100 delegates and geospatial experts and academics from over 50 Member States, academic institutions, and the private sector. The outcomes of presentations and panels further emphasized the need and significance of developing a roadmap to effectively secure land rights, achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and build smart cities for all, in which geospatial information will play a critical role. The Forum has established a dialogue and a platform for exchanging ideas regarding land rights and exploring its relationship to smart cities while addressing challenges and opportunities. You can access the full report of the Forum discussions and outcomes here and find more information about the Seventh Session here.

Academic Network Forum 2017

UN-GGIM Academic Network Forum

Seventh Session of the Committee of Experts on UN-GGIM
UN-GGIM Academic Network Forum

Secure Land Rights and Smart Cities – Making It Work for Sustainable Development

Monday, 31 July 2017
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Venue: Conference Room 11 (CR-11)
United Nations Headquarters, New York

Concept Note

 The UN-GGIM aims to facilitate the development of global geospatial information and to promote its use to address key global challenges. As the strategic knowledge, research, and training arm of the UN-GGIM, the Academic Network, in close collaboration with and support of UN-Expert Group on Land Administration and Management, UN-GGIM Private Sector Network, and UN-GGIM Geospatial Societies is proud to organize the UN-GGIM Academic Network Forum on 31 July 2017 as part of the Seventh Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management. The Forum will discuss issues pertinent to the development, implementation, and use of land administration systems in the global context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and smart cities for all. The presentations and panel planned for this forum will highlight how the Academic Network and other UN-GGIM entities are contributing to the development of a roadmap of solutions that overcome land tenure challenges, facilitate the development of technologies and standards, and spatial data acquisition necessary to monitor and measure land indicators for the SDGs and development of smart cities.

The Academic Network contributes to strengthening global geospatial information management and is committed to the achievement of the 17 SDGs. The development of future smart cities will require access to inclusive services, technologies, and infrastructures. The “leaving no one behind” principle of the SDGs intends to ensure that efforts towards a sustainable and smart future will develop a better future for all communities. Goals 1, 2, and 5 of the SDGs have designated targets and indicators linked to land tenure rights which signifies the fundamental role of land administration in building sustainable and smart cities for all. The UN-GGIM 2017-2021 Strategic Framework acknowledges the necessity of integrating geospatial information in the process of achieving the SDGs and developing future cities. Strengthening local, national, and global cooperation to foster the integration of legal and organizational frameworks including the SDGs, UN-GGIM 2017-2021 Strategic Framework, Sendai Framework, and Habitat III Urban Agenda will notably impact disaster management, development of adequate policies and regulations, climate action, efficient urban planning, and good institutional governance.

As United Nations Member States work towards a sustainable future, land tenure security is one of the greatest challenges identified in the UN-GGIM 2017-2021 Strategic Framework that requires the comprehensive management of geospatial information and resources to ensure social inclusion, economic growth, and environmental protection. The availability of effective and efficient land administration remains a problem worldwide, especially in developing countries where mature land information systems (LIS) and formal land registration systems are not available. Therefore, spatial inclusion, secure land rights, and sustainable land use are all major challenges resulting from rapid urbanization that public and private sectors need to address in the development of future smart cities. The UN-GGIM Academic Network recognizes the importance of promoting and sharing geospatial data and integration approaches, developing of legal and policy instruments, implementation of institutional management models, providing technical solution and standards, enhancing interoperability of systems and geospatial data, and improving access to quality and timely data. As a result, the Academic Network aims to work in the direction of resolution 2016/27 of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) by promoting the sharing of geospatial data, enhancing capacity building, and inter-institutional cooperation for sustainable development, disaster risk reduction, and policymaking.

Objectives of the Forum

(a) Present the current status of land tenure and land rights and discuss, research and practice in smart cities;
(b) Establish a dialogue and exchange ideas around land rights and explore the relationships between that and smart cities to address the challenges and opportunities;
(c) To identify relevant challenges and opportunities for the development of effective strategies to secure land rights and smart cities for sustainable development and build and strengthen capability concerning geospatial information and their use, particularly in developing countries;
(d) To develop a roadmap that promotes the development of policies, methods, standards and mechanisms to overcome the challenges and create a better linkage between land tenure, land rights and smart cities for all; and
(e) Develop a future workplan and research agenda to assist UN-GGIM and member states to respond to the SDGs.

You may download the Concept Note here.

For more information, please contact:
Professor Abbas Rajabifard
Chair, UN-GGIM Academic Network
Director, Centre for SDIs and Land Administration
Melbourne School of Engineering, The University of Melbourne
T: +61 3 8344 0234
E: abbas.r@unimelb.edu.au