The EFGS has participated in the 4th edition of the UN-GGIM webinars with the working title UN Network Data Hub: One UN Geospatial Situations Room, a concept developed as a practical mechanism and platform to help coordinate the management, dissemination and sharing of geospatial information in the United Nations Systems. Jerker Moström (Statistics Sweden) and Rossano Figueiredo (Statistics Portugal) have presented the GSGF Europe in the context of the One UN Geospatial Situation Room, particularly to support the operationalisation and calculation of the SDG indicators. This is one of the key strategies and lines of work of the UN-GGIM Europe – under the Working Group on Data Integration – towards consolidating the role of geospatial data in addressing SDG indicators, developing contributions and showing good practices towards monitoring the SDG framework.
The above-mentioned EFGS SC members were part of the panellists in this webinar where they briefly introduced and described the GSGF Europe and the Requirements and Recommendations which are key components in implementing the regional framework and an operational prerequisite to support the SDG indicators in a systematic and consistent manner and towards standardised geospatial statistics. A Swedish national example of emergency response and wildfires and flooding scenarios and how the implementation of GSGF Europe can contribute to it, namely providing robust and flexible conditions for a variety of purposes and policy contexts/demands rather than tailored solutions that will be less sustainable and efficient in the long run. Lastly, a set of key remarks and future recommended actions are outlined. They covered topics such as fundamental geospatial data themes, institutional agreements, organised geospatial infrastructure and geocoding for point-based location data, interoperability from statistical-geospatial business processes and services alignment, common geographies for analysis and dissemination, agreed understanding of methods and terms and geospatial capacity building within NSIs, especially in EO data and technology for handling and processing land use/land cover data.
The presentation is freely available in this publication and can be easily downloaded for consultation purposes.