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National Spatial Data Infrastructure: Towards a Digital Society Conference

2 - 4 April 2020

Baku, Azerbaijan

The State Committee on Property Issues of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SCPI) together with the UNECE Working Party on Land Administration (WPLA), World Bank, UN-FAO and UN-GGIM Europe is organizing an international conference in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 2-4 April 2020. The theme of the conference is “National Spatial Data Infrastructure: Towards a Digital Society”.

Digital technologies are profoundly changing our societies. They act as a catalyst to development and, if harnessed, can help reverse negative trends in the UNECE region. Still, good practices are fragmented, and rooted to a particular often local context which does not permit the region to fully benefit from the multitude of opportunities. Considering those bounding conditions, the organizers of the workshop would like to bring together a variety of stakeholders, representing the public sector, civil society, academia and business, in order to (i) exchange good practices, (ii) establish partnerships, and ultimately learn from each other. Particular emphasis on: (i) technological enablers of digital transformation, (ii) digital data, (iii) good tenure governance, and (iv) innovative services and applications combining the above.

As an overarching local to global development aspiration, the urgent demand to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through data, technology, innovation and digital transformation, is acknowledged. Some of these digital transformations include Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, smart cities and integrated land tenure. These rapid changes in technology bring new opportunities, but they also bring additional challenges, requiring integrated approaches to meet these new SDG demands.

The conference, will discuss the impacts of digital technologies from global, regional and national perspectives; and provide examples demonstrating digital transformation and good practices in the UNECE region, including Azerbaijan, with a focus on sustainable data sharing and utilization. These examples will be framed by progress on, and the linkages between, the emerging Integrated Geospatial Information Framework (IGIF), the INSPIRE Directive, and NSDIs being developed and managed by countries.

The conference will be held in English. The simultaneous interpretation in Russian and Azerbaijani will be provided.