UN-GGIM: Europe has named Tomaz Petek from Slovenia as the new Chair of its Executive Committee. He succeeds Bengt Kjellson from Sweden who has held the role since 2014.
The nomination was confirmed by delegates from 24 Member States at the Fifth Plenary of the Regional Committee. Discussions focused on global and regional perspectives, together with case studies illustrating integration of statistical and geospatial information, and updates on the activities of UN-GGIM: Europe’s working groups.
“Together, the statistical and geospatial communities are making positive contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda. It’s all about their data which retains its importance regardless of the impact of disruptive technologies, and social, economic and environment changes,” Mr Petek said.
“Communication is crucial. We need to spread the word and make sure the benefits are well understood beyond our own communities, coordinate our efforts to avoid duplication and better deliver on priority areas; and ensure that the different bodies of Europe continue to work together.”
During the Plenary, which was held in Brussels, Belgium and supported by the European Commission, the UK and Northern Irelend’s David Henderson was also appointed to the UN-GGIM: Europe Executive Committee. The Committee, which is responsible for delivering UN-GGIM: Europe’s objectives, comprises nine members, each of whom serve a three-year term.
In addition to Mr Petek and Mr Henderson, it also comprises: Antonio Arozarena, Vice Chair (Spain); Dorine Burmanje, Vice Chair (The Netherlands); Colin Bray (Ireland); Ezio Bussoletti (Italy); Janusz Dygaszewicz (Poland); Hansjörg Kutterer (Germany); and Francisco Vala (Portugal).
UN-GGIM: Europe is a regional committee of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM).
Drawing on the national capacities and capabilities of Member States, UN-GGIM was established in 2011. It takes a leading role in setting the agenda for global geospatial information development as well as in promoting its benefits for addressing both national policy and key global challenges.