President's Message

Ms. Alison Rose

Ms. Alison Rose was appointed President of UN-GGIM-AP in early 2020. She is the Chief of Geoscience Australia’s Place, Space and Communities Division.

Nations thrive when location is at the forefront of their operations and data is leveraged in policy formation, decision-making and innovation. Geospatial information, which characterises the location and attributes of natural or constructed features (and boundaries) on the Earth, is a vital asset to provide far-reaching solutions to pressing issues facing humanity, ranging from health – and notably the COVID-19 pandemic – education, food security, agriculture, energy, to disaster risk reduction and building resilience. 

Integrating geospatial data, existing statistics and ground-based information and exploiting new data sources, analytics, processes and tools has proven instrumental to deliver timely and authoritative information necessary for governments, businesses, communities and citizens to take action and make evidenced-based decisions. In addition, space-based technology applications including satellite remote sensing, telecommunication, navigation and positioning enhances the data, tools and capabilities available. The ever-expanding variety, velocity, veracity and volume of data is being matched by infrastructure and technology that can curate, analyse and provide meaningful, evidence-based insights faster and with deeper rigour than ever before. And, geospatial information professionals are key.

The United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) committee of experts was formed in 2011 to promote international cooperation in the field of global geospatial information. As a regional committee, UN-GGIM-AP works closely in collaboration with other regional committees to support the UN-GGIM committee of experts, its subcommittee on geodesy and its diverse programs, with the support of UNESCAP as the Secretariat. Of particular note is the Integrated Geographic Information Framework, which provides a basis and guide for developing, integrating, strengthening and maximising geospatial information management and related resources in all countries. 

As President, I am pleased to work with esteemed colleagues from across the Asia-Pacific region to enhance cooperation and collaboration in the field of geospatial information management. In working together, we can support each other to address global challenges through the sharing and use of geospatial information.