ISDE became a member of UN-GGIM GS

The International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) has been accepted as a new member of the United Nation Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management - Geospatial Societies (UN-GGIM GS), on August 7th 2019.

On behalf of ISDE, executive director Prof. Wang Changlin submitted the membership application to the president of UN-GGIM GS on August 5. On August 7, Dr. Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse, on behalf of the society, attended the ninth UN-GGIM GS meeting held in New York, at which ISDE was officially recognized as a member of UN-GGIM GS.

The UN-GGIM Geospatial Societies is a coalition of the recognized international organisations involved in the coordination, development, management, standardisation of regulation of geospatial information and related matters. It can provide a collective and unified voice regarding geospatial matters, to the United Nations and other global geospatial information stakeholders and assists in the coordination of relevant activities between the organisations. UN-GGIM GS currently has a total of eight members (including ISDE), among which the membership includes the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (IEEE-GRSS), the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) and many other renowned international organizations.

ISDE is an international scientific organization headquartered in China, principally promoting the development and realization of Digital Earth concept. ISDE has been joined as a member of the Group on Earth Observation (GEO) in 2009, and the International Science Council (ISC) in 2017. ISDE’s participation in the UN-GGIM GS can further facilitate to achieve the goals of UN-GGIM GS. And it also can benefit ISDE’s future advancement, in terms of the expansion of international think tank and knowledge network, the enhancement of communications and collaborations with other international stakeholders in geospatial domain.