12th UNGIWG Plenary Meeting

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General Information

Date: 
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 (All day) to Friday, March 30, 2012 (All day)
Venue (short): 
Vienna International Centre (VIC), Vienna

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UN-OOSA) cordially invite you to attend the 12th Plenary Meeting of the United Nations Geographic Information Working Group (UNGIWG) to be held in Vienna at the Vienna International Center, Austria, on 28-30 March 2012.


Formed in 2000, UNGIWG is a network of UN professionals working in the fields of cartography and geospatial information management science to address issues of common concern. Since its inception, UNGIWG has been laying the foundations for a United Nations Spatial Data Infrastructure (UNSDI).

At its core, the UNSDI contributes substantively to the mission of the United Nations by engaging member states, regional organizations and partners in building consensus, policy and governance mechanisms to ensure that geospatial data and information sharing practices are used widely in advancing social, economic development, environmental and humanitarian agendas.

Accommodation in the vicinity of the Vienna International Centre with UN discounts and other relevant information on Vienna are provided via the links in the menu on the left. Note that each participant is responsible for travel, accommodation, visa arrangements and all expenses.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the UNGIWG Secretariat at contact(at)ungiwgsec.org for further information.

Looking forward to a productive UNGIWG-12in Vienna on 28-30 March 2012.

 

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Group photo of the UNGIWG 12th Plenary Meeting Participants

 

Opening session of the UNGIWG 12 Plenary Meeting

Key-note speakers:

Mr. Tibor TÓTH
Executive Secretary, Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO)

Mr. Soon-Hog CHOI
Assistant Secretary General/Chief Information Technology Officer (CITO), UN Secretariat

Ms. Mazlan OTHMAN
Director, United Nations Office for the Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)

Mr. Oleg ROZHKOV
Director, On Site Inspection Divistion, Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO)

UNGIWG Co-Chairs and Deputy Chair:

Mr. Suha ULGEN
Co-chair, United Nations Geographic Information Working Group

Mr. Matjaz PRAH
Co-chair, United Nations Geographic Information Working Group

Mr. Ashraf Abushady
Head of Secretariat, United Nations Geographic Information Working Group

 

Watch our live Webcast on ustream and recordings of past sessions here.

 

UNGIWG Co-chairs, 2011-2013

Mr. Suha Ulgen
Senior Advisor on Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI)
Office of the Assistant Secretary-General and
Chief Information Technology Officer (ASG/CITO)
United Nations Secretariat
DC2-1810, New York, NY 10017, USA

Tel: +1 212 963 3217
Mobile: +1 917 288 6845

Mr. Matjaz Prah
OSI Coordinator, Office of the Director
On-Site Inspection Division
CTBTO Preparatory Commission
Vienna International Centre
P.O. Box 1200, A-1400 Vienna, Austria
 
Tel. +43 (1) 26030 6399
Fax. +43(1) 26030 59

 

UNGIWG Head of Secretariat

Ashraf ABUSHADY
FIMS & COMS Officer
Policy, Planning and Operations
Office of the Director, OSI, CTBTO
United Nations Center,
P.O.Box 1200, A-1400, Vienna - Austria
E-mail: ashraf.abushady@ctbto.org

TEL: +43-1-26030-6284
FAX: +43-1-26030-8-6284
Web: http://www.ctbto.org
Office: D1035 (D wing, 10F, RM.35)

 

 

 

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Participants

Nr. First Name Family Name Organization
1 Karel Charvat Czech Centre for Science and Society
2 Emanuele Gennai Esri
3 Salim Sawaya Esri
4 Firas Qaimary UNOCHA
5 Tuerker Kurttas IAEA
6 Pier Giorgio Zaccheddu Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy (BKG)
7 Hwa Saup Lee UNDSS
8 David Foster UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)
9 Athina Trakas Open Geospatial Consortium
10 Lorant Czaran UNOOSA
11 Jan Cees Venema UNSDI-NCO
12 Gabor Remetey-Fülöpp HUNAGI
13 Antero Keskinen IAEA
14 Shengdong Yang IAEA
15 Lawrence Meledeth IAEA
16 T. Suha Ulgen UN Secretariat - KMS/OICT
17 Fausto Fraticelli UNOG
18 Matjaz Prah CTBTO
19 Ashraf Abushady CTBTO
20 Luis Santiago UNOG ICTS
21 Alina Stretton UN ICTY
22 Csaba Lenart HUNAGI / KRF UN SPIDER RSO / Hungary
23 Peter Burai HUNAGI / KRF UN SPIDER RSO / Hungary
24 Coen Bussink UNODC
25 Paolo Pasquali ITHACA
26 Janine Schildt German Federal Ministry of the Interior
27 Arnold Bregt Wageningen University
28 Johan Meijer PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency
29 Alessandro Annoni European Commission - Joint Research Centre
30 Michael Godfrey UNICEF
31 Rob Atkinson CSIRO
32 Joshua Rutkowski IAEA
33 Mick Wilson UNEP
34 Anisha Thapa CRMA - UNDP Sudan
35 Giorgio Sartori WFP
36 David Kaatrud WFP
37 Martin Raithelhuber UNODC
38 Jihad Abdalla UNICEF
39 Oliver Cottray GICHD
40 Andre Dehondt UNDSS
41 Paul Box CSIRO
42 Mark Ilife University of Nottingham
43 Elena Tomuta CTBTO
44 Karl Morteo FAO
45 Soon-Hong Choi UN Secretariat
46 Salem Avan UN Secretariat - KMS/OICT
47 John S. Latham FAO
48 Harald Egerer UNEP VIENNA ISCC
49 Maria Andrezjewska UNEP/GRID-Warsaw
50 Jeroen Ticheler GeoCat bv
51 Vivienne Rong Wu MDA LTD.
52 Luc St-Pierre UNOOSA
53 Edouard Legoupil UNHCR
54 Matthias Jurek UNEP Vienna ISCC
55 Alexander Hörbart ICPDR
56 Mazlan Othman UNOOSA
57 Mounir Ghribi ICS-UNIDO
58 Attila Matas ITU
59 Dong Guo UNIDO
60 Nina Kickinger CTBTO
61 Aled Rowlands CTBTO

 

Agenda

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Keynotes

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 10:45

Lecturer: T. Suha Ulgen (OICT)

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 10:45

Lecturer: T. Robert Atkinson, Paul Box (CSIRO)

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 09:15

Lecturer: Karl Morteo (FAO)

Slides:
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 14:45

Lecturer: Jan Cees Venema

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 16:30

Lecturer: Fausto Fraticelli (UNOG/ICTS)

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 15:45

Lecturer: Karl Morteo (FAO)

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Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 09:00

Lecturer: Joshua Rutkowski

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Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 09:00

Lecturers: Luc St. Pierre, Lorant Czaran

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Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 09:00

Lecturer: Ashraf Abushady

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Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 11:00

Lecturers: Harald Egerer, Ron Witt

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Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 11:00

Lecturer: Michael Godfrey

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Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 09:00

Lecturer: Alex Hörbart

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Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 09:00

Lecturer: Mounier Ghribi

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Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 11:00

Lecturer: Anisha Thapa

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Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 11:00

Lecturers: Andre Dehondt, Hwa Saup Lee

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Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 11:00

Lecturer: Paul Box

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Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 11:00

Lecturer: Alessandro Annoni

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Friday, March 30, 2012 - 09:00

Lecturer: Athina Trakas

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Friday, March 30, 2012 - 09:00

Lecturer: Jan Cees Venema

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Friday, March 30, 2012 - 09:00

Lecturer: Karel Charvat (Czech Centre for Science and Society, NCO of UNSDI)

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Friday, March 30, 2012 - 11:00

Lecturer: Vivienne Wu

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Friday, March 30, 2012 - 09:30

Lecturer: T. Suha Ulgen

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Friday, March 30, 2012 - 09:30

Lecturer: Gábor Remetey-Fülöpp

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 14:00

Lecturer: Salim Sawaya (ESRI)

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Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 09:00

Lecturer: Martin Raithelhuber

Venue

Opening date and place of the session

  • The UNGIWG 12 meeting will be held at the Vienna International Centre (VIC), Wagramerstrasse 5, A-1220, Vienna. The Vienna International Centre has its own U-Bahn (metro) stop, called “Kaisermühlen/Vienna International Centre”, which is on the line U-1 (red). From the platform, follow the sign for “Vienna International Centre” (not “Austria Centre”). This will take you directly to the Gate 1, the entry point for the Vienna International Centre.
     

Security: registration and conference passes

  • Security regulations at the VIC require that all participants possess conference/grounds passes. To enter VIC, the participants of the Meeting must receive conference passes at the United Nations Security and Safety Section Pass Office at Gate 1 of VIC. Please, mention the name of the meeting “UNGIWG 12” to the officer.
  • The Pass Office will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Participants should provide an appropriate form of identification (passport, national ID, LP) to receive conference passes.
  • Participants are requested not to leave any luggage or briefcases unattended.
  • Lost and found is operated by the United Nations Security in Room F0E21 on the ground floor of VIC. Lost and found can be reached at the following number: +43-1-26060-3903 (you should dial the last four digits when calling from a VIC internal phone).

     

Commissary privileges

The VIC Commissary is located in level -1 (underground) of Building F. Participants from the United Nations system will have access to the Commissary. To receive a commissary badge, participants should go to the Pass Office.

 

Catering services

A cafeteria, a restaurant and a cocktail lounge/bar are located in Building F of the VIC, entrance level. The restaurant (table reservation recommended, ext. 4877) is open from 11:30 am to 2:30 p.m. The cafeteria is open from 7:30 to 10:00 am and from 11:30 am to 2:30 p.m. The cocktail lounge/bar is open from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm and from 4:30 pm to 8:00 p.m. Additional cafeterias are located Building M.

 

Banks

Bank Austria has branches on the first floor of Building C and at the entrance level of Building D of VIC. Both branches provide full banking services. Bank hours are from 9:00 am to 3:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and from 9:00 am to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. Both branches are equipped with ATMs.

 

Medical services

Medical attention is available from the clinic operated by the Joint Medical Service located at VIC, Building F, seventh floor (extension 22223/22224 and, for emergencies 22222).

 

Postal service

A post office on the first floor of Building C of VIC provides all regular postal services, including cable, fax and telephone services, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:30 p.m.

 

Travel services

American Express and Carlson Wagonlit Travel are at the disposal of participants requiring assistance with such matters as travel, sightseeing, car rental and excursions. The travel offices are located in the Main Lobby in Building C and in the corridor connecting the Main Lobby in Building C with Building F of VIC. The office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

Visitor Center

  • Information desk for guided tours of the VIC and several shops are located at the
  • United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) Services of UNPA (including procurement of UN stamps and dissemination of philatelic information) are available at the Visitor Center from Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
  • United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) counter (for greeting cards, gifts and publications) is open from Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • UNO Café Open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Flower Shop Open from Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Hairdresser (Bundy & Bundy) Open from Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Souvenir Shop Open from Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • United Nations Women’s Guild Open from Monday through Friday, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
     

Smoking

Smoking is not allowed inside the conference and meeting rooms at VIC. VIC is a smoke-free environment. Smoking is allowed only in the clearly designated areas, where “smoking permitted” signs are displayed. Such areas are located in front of the cafeteria and outside of the building.

Mobile telephone

Use of mobile telephone is not allowed in the conference rooms.

Maps and Floor Plans

Maps: 

Travel Information

Language, Currency and Credit Cards

The language spoken in Austria is German. The currency used is the Euro (€). Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept internationally valid credit cards as well as debit cards with the “Maestro” logo.

Climate

The average temperature in Vienna in March is between 1 and 9 °C. Austria will change from UTC+1 to Daylight Saving Time on March 25, thus the Timezone is UTC+2 Central European Daylight Saving Time (CEDT) .

Electricity

The electric voltage is 220 volts (50 cycles). A standard voltage converter and plug adapter should be sufficient for conversions. Normally, the electrical outlets in Vienna require a two-prong plug with round prongs. Computer modems require a European plug adapter and phone jack adapter that can be easily purchased at an appliance store for about € 1.50.

Shopping

Shops are generally open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekdays, and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Shops are closed on Sundays.

Transportation

Arrival at the International Airport of Vienna-Schwechat

Vienna International Airport is located about 16 km south-east of Vienna. Public transport to the city centre is provided by:

  • Shuttle bus (Vienna Airport Lines) serving several destinations in the city centre (every 20 minutes). There is also a shuttle bus that makes a stop in front of VIC. This shuttle bus leaves the airport every hour from 7:10 a.m. to 20:10 p.m. Travel time is about 20 to 30 minutes, and the fare is € 6 for one way, and € 11 for a round-trip.
  • S-Bahn (regional train), every 30 minutes, € 3.40 for one trip to the city, connecting trips with public transport within Vienna city are included.
  • The City Airport Train (CAT) runs every 30 minutes from the Airport Train Station to the city centre (Wien Mitte). The train journey lasts 16 minutes and costs € 9.00 for one-way.
  • There is a taxi stand in front. A taxi from the airport to the city centre costs approximately € 35.

More detailed information is available at the website of the Vienna International Airport.

Accomodations

The website wien.info offers information on hotel booking, sightseeing and other useful information for visitors. Some hotels offered discounted rates for UN visitors. Please, ask when making your booking.

Those who want to stay really close to the venue may want to try these hotels:

Starting from 49 euros: Lenas Donau
Tel: +43 1 20 40 000
Fax: +43 1 20 40 003

Starting from 52 euros: Sportcenter Donaucity
(Guest house. The website is only in German but you can send them an email or call)
E-mail: zimmer@sportcenter-donaucity.at
Tel.: +43 1 269 96 30

Starting from 85 euros: Residenz Donaucity
Tel: +43 1 269 80 80
Fax: +43 1 269 80 80 44
Mobile: +43 676 5073252
Email: anna.madl@residenzdonaucity.at
Booking request: office@residenzdonaucity.at

Starting from 108 euros: Park Inn by Radisson UNO City Vienna
Tel: + 43 1 260400
Fax: + 43 1 26040699
reservation.vienna@rezidorparkinn.com

Starting from 136 euros: NH Danube City
Tel: +43 1 260 200
Fax: +43 1 260 20 20
Email: 
nhdanubecity@nh-hotels.com

 


 

Contact

CTBTO, Vienna, Austria

Ashraf ABUSHADY (Mr.)
FIMS & COMS Officer
Policy, Planning and Operations
Office of the Director, OSI, CTBTO
United Nations Center,
P.O.Box 1200, A-1400, Vienna - Austria
E-mail: ashraf.abushady@ctbto.org

TEL: +43-1-26030-6284
FAX: +43-1-26030-8-6284
Web: http://www.ctbto.org
Office: D1035 (D wing, 10F, RM.35)