The GIS for the United Nations and the International Community Conference will take place April 3–5, 2012, at the World Meteorological Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
Redlands, Calif., March 07, 2012-The
GIS for the United Nations
and the International Community Conference will take place April 3–5, 2012,
at the World Meteorological Organization headquarters in Geneva,
Switzerland. Esri and United Nations Institute for Training and Research's
(UNITAR) Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) organized
the conference to demonstrate and discuss the role of GIS in global challenges.
Attendees will consider how GIS can provide the analytic knowledge required to
make better decisions on issues that are critical for the planet.
today's world, we face many global challenges brought on from natural and
man-made events," says Jack Dangermond, Esri president. "From an
office in Geneva to a refugee camp in Africa, GIS enables better collaboration
and visualization and rapid dissemination of critical information when and
where it's needed most. No matter the mission, geography is at the heart of a
more resilient and sustainable future."
aim of the conference is to bring together experts from the United Nations and
other international and nongovernmental organizations, government agencies, and
the private sector. During breakout sessions, panel discussions, and networking
opportunities, they will learn how to best apply geographic information science
to devise better responses to regional and global challenges.
conference is a good opportunity to take stock of geographic information
technology and its benefits for the international community at large,
especially for decision makers," says Francesco Pisano, manager of UNOSAT.
"The more GIS is understood and adopted, the more our work as experts in
satellite analysis will be useful and relevant. I am very pleased with the
partnership with Esri."
final day of the event includes a postconference workshop where attendees
will learn how to extend the reach of their GIS using various free resources
from Esri. The workshop includes presentations on implementation, resource
topics, and demos from Esri staff as well as a hands-on exercise showing
how to get started with
is by invitation only and will include humanitarian and development senior
executives, practitioners, researchers, nonprofit consortia, and others. Those
interested in applying to receive an invitation may do so on the conference
website. To learn more, visit
Esri and UNOSAT to Host Conference in April
March 8, 2012