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CARIGEO Virtual Side Event #V24 - "Location Intelligence the Panacea to Accelerated Development in SIDS”

30 de maio de 2024|Evento

To highlight the importance of location intelligence in propelling growth, while delving into solutions that leverage location intelligence and geospatial technologies that can benefit small island developing states (SIDS) in accelerating national development and the achievement of sustainable development goals across various sectors.


The Fourth International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS4) will be held from 27 to 30 May 2024 in St John’s, Antigua and Barbuda. The CARIGEO Virtual Side event #V24 will be hosted on May 30, 2024 during the conference.

CARIGEO SIDS4 side event registration


This side-event is organized by the Regional Committee of United Nations on Global Geospatial Information Management for the Americas through the Caribbean Geospatial Development Initiative (CARIGEO) in collaboration with the following partners:

  • United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

  • Barbados - Lands and Surveys Department

  • Jamaica - Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation - National Spatial Data Management Branch

  • United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM)- High level Group of the Integrated Geospatial Framework (HLG-IGIF)

  • United States of America Census Bureau

  • United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management: Americas - Academic Network, University of the Republic Uruguay/International Federation of Surveyors

  • United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management: Americas – Private Sector Network, GeoTechVision, Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)


Side event Location Intelligence the panacea to accelerated development in SIDS will feature an engaging three parts discussion.

The first session will focus on the importance of location intelligence in propelling growth, highlighting geospatial data challenges, including availability, access, and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) usage in Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

The second session will feature experts from the United States Census Bureau, Academic Network Americas/International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) and the Private Sector Network Americas, delving into solutions that leverage location intelligence and geospatial technologies (eg. 3D mapping, GeoAI, mobile GIS) and discusses data platforms available in the Americas (eg. CARIGEO, UN ECLAC, UN-GGIM: Americas), the institutional arrangements and strategies for effective use. The UN’s Integrated Geospatial Information Framework (UN-IGIF) will then be discussed, juxtaposed with other supporting geospatial frameworks (land, disasters etc.) related initiatives such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Data Alliance and the rollout of the Geospatial Knowledge and Innovation Centre in China, all aimed at ameliorating SIDS social, economic and environmental challenges.

The third session will present real-life applications from Barbados, Jamaica and other SIDS, on how location intelligence accelerates development across various sectors.

Expected Outcomes

  • Participants will have greater appreciation for geospatial and environmental management activities in the region

  • They will help to champion geospatial, digital and environmental matters

  • Participants will understand the importance of fit for purpose data, its availability and accessibility

  • The event will foster new partnerships and strengthen existing ones among regional stakeholders, facilitating shared initiatives and collaborative projects

  • Policymakers and practitioners will acquire actionable insights and best practices for integrating digital and geospatial technologies into their work, contributing to more informed decision-making and policy formulation.

Practical information

Plataforma de conexión/Connection platform: ZOOM
Fecha/Date: 30 May 2024
Hora/Time: 08:00 - 10:00 h.
Idioma/Language: Inglés / English
Nota/Note: Para pruebas de conexión, la sesión estará disponible 60 minutos antes de la hora de inicio programada.
For connection testing, the session will be available 60 minutes before the scheduled start time.