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UN-GGIM 8th Session

S-121 was mentioned at the 5th Meeting of the 8th session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) on August 3rd 2018 at the UN Headquarters.

The following transcripts are from the video recordings of the session.

Chair of UN-GGIM Working Group on Marine Geospatial Information (2h19m38s)
[The UN-GGIM Working Group on Marine Geospatial Information] held a side event this Monday on Maritime Limits and Boundaries and I think this was a good example highlighting how we might endorse and recognise these standards moving into the future.
Canada (2h25m22s)
Canada firmly supports the work plan proposed by the working group on marine geospatial information, and Canada would like to be a member of the working group on marine geospatial information. We take note of the fact that we will ensure that well informed and experienced experts participate in the working group and Canada’s contribution will be achieved through this delegation and also the high-level of involvement of the hydrographic service of the ministries of fisheries and oceans within the international hydrographic organisation and other intergovernmental and international organisations that are active in the marine and maritime area. In order to support marine geospatial information Canada will implement the S-100 and S-121 standards for the management of boundaries of which Canada and Australia are the main contributors alongside eleven other member states.
Chair ISO/TC211 (8m28s)
S-121 is of special relevance for the UN framework since it provides a fully new opportunity for the member states to fulfil the formal deposit obligation according to UN Convention of the Law of the Sea. This standard has matured in a comparatively short time of development. Its practical application test is subject to a pilot project conducted by OGC. This test will start in only a few weeks from now. This is a very good example of how the standards from the three standardisation organisations [ISO TC211, OGC, and IHO] complement each other.
Australia (15m45s)
Australia welcomes the standards report by ISO TC211, OGC, and the IHO, and appreciates their important work as it provides significant guidance on how to achieve geospatial interoperability for member states and the expert groups. We appreciate the revision of the guide and its companion document on standards recommendations by tier, as they continue to provide valuable advice on standards guidance use and knowledge for member states. We thank the standards organisations for their strong engagement and cooperation around the development of the S-121 standard on maritime limits and boundaries, and the initiative by the standards organisations to further engage and collaborate with other domains and industries is also welcomed and supported, in particular, around the OGC statistics domain working group and ISO’s Land Administration Domain Model.
Ireland (19m35s)
UN-GGIM Europe also acknowledges the importance of geospatial standards that have been developed by the hydrographic community and OGC for the marine domain, and acknowledges the importance of interoperability of land and marine geospatial standards at the regional level.
International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) (28m03s)
As a co-sponsor of this report, IHO would like to seek your special attention to the raised subject of the new IHO standard S-121 for maritime limits and boundaries. This standard provides an excellent example how federated efforts in geospatial standardisation could ideally work. In particular, the standard, as stressed in the course of this report, creates a great opportunity to bring authoritative governmental geo-data into action. The IHO as the acknowledged standardisation body for the maritime domain holds capacity and experience to the global application of such standards for the purpose of safety of navigation. Making best use of its membership, the IHO will proactively advertise for the application of this new standard among its member states to meet their deposit obligations according to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas. However, since this national process to deposit according to this convention is usually not bound to the respective national hydrographic offices, as representing the member states of the IHO, the IHO proposes that this committee encourages its regional committees and thematic groups to support the outreach of this standardisation activity on all administrative levels. IHO suggests therefore to encourage the UN-GGIM regional committees to notify the members of their respective region and fully affected thematic groups about the existence and the application of this new standard. The ultimate goal should be to create a global most complete repository of maritime limits and boundaries under the framework of the convention of the law of the seas. This will be, of no doubt, for the benefit of all who have a use with the seas and S-121 has the potential to be the key for.
Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) (35m21s)
The OGC would like to thank both ISO TC211 and IHO for the many years of successful collaborative work which we have achieved so far. We would also emphasise the importance of sharing the updated guides with your national geospatial and statistical organisations, and would particularly welcome any case studies of where you are applying these standards in your national contexts. I would like to welcome you all to participate in the new OGC statistical domain working group, innovation initiatives such as the maritime limits and boundaries pilot, and disaster concept development study, and lastly, I warmly invite you to join us in Singapore in September for the location powers urban environment summit hosted by the Singapore Land Authority.

Documents for December 2018 Meeting

Documents are becoming available for the Face-to-face meeting in New York, USA, 3-7 December 2018

Demonstration Videos

  • Video demonstrating how to load and query the Australian ArcGIS implementation: Youtube or MP4 Download

IHO HSSC progress

The International Hydrographic Organization's Hydrographic Services and Standards Committee

OGC Pilot Project

29 May 2018: OGC Pilot Project Webinar, 11am EDT details

02 May 2018: Press Release in Geospatial World

30 April 2018 Press Release in Directions Magazine

30 April 2018: Press Release in GISCafe

30 April 2018: Press Release in Carto-Grafia

30 April 2018: Call for Sponsors Opens Press Release

20 April 2018: OGC Pilot Project website launched.

12 April 2018: OGC Pilot Project Proposal submitted to OGC OGC Innovation Program.

Pilot Project Presentation,

Proposal Document

Generic S-121 Overview Presentation

The Editorial Board has made a generic S-121 overview presentation to assist the Project Team members to brief their colleagues: PowerPoint Presentation

S-121 Project Team Meeting, 29-29 March 2018

Meeting documents have been published: Meeting Documents

"The Future We Want"

158. We recognize that oceans, seas and coastal areas form an integrated and essential component of the Earth’s ecosystem and are critical to sustaining it and that international law, as reflected in United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), provides the legal framework for the conservation and the sustainable use of the oceans and their resources. We stress the importance of the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans and seas and of their resources for sustainable development, including through the contributions to poverty eradication, sustained economic growth, food security, creation of sustainable livelihoods and decent work, while at the same time protecting biodiversity and the marine environment and addressing the impacts of climate change. We therefore commit to protect, and restore, the health, productivity and resilience of oceans and marine ecosystems, and to maintain their biodiversity, enabling their conservation and sustainable use for present and future generations, and to effectively apply an ecosystem approach and the precautionary approach in the management, in accordance with international law, of activities impacting on the marine environment, to deliver on all three dimensions of sustainable development.

159. We recognize the importance of UNCLOS to advancing sustainable development and its near universal adoption by States, and in this regard we urge all its Parties to fully implement their obligations under the Convention.