There is general agreement of an urgent need for an inter-government consultative mechanism that can play a leadership role in setting the agenda for the development of global geospatial information and to promote its use to address key global challenges; to liaise and coordinate among Member States, and between Member States and international organizations.
In 1959, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) paved the way for a small group of experts to meet and provide technical recommendations on standardizing geographical names at the national and international levels. This meeting gave rise to the United Nations Conferences on the Standardization of Geographical Names (UNCSGN) and to the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN).
The Statistics Division organizes and services the following cartographic conferences: the United Nations Regional Cartographic Conference for Asia and the Pacific, convened every three years, and the United Nations Regional Cartographic Conference for the Americas, convened every four years, in collaboration with the Permanent Committees on Spatial Data Infrastructure for the Americas (PC-IDEA) and GIS Infrastructure for Asia and the Pacific (PCGIAP).
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