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    UNIS/OS/396
    17 May 2010

    United Nations to Address Uniform Georeferencing System
    in Central and Eastern Europe

    VIENNA, 17 May (UN Information Service) - Aiming to develop a uniform georeferencing system in Central and Eastern Europe, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is holding a five-day workshop on global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) technology and its applications in Chisinau, Moldova, from 17 to 21 May. Workshop participants will discuss how GNSS-enabling technology can strengthen a network of national reference stations and promote the interoperability of navigation, positioning and timing systems in adjacent regions.

    Satellite navigation technology provides a unique opportunity for Central and Eastern European countries to come closer in terms of coordiantion and navigation systems. The region can also benefit from cost-effective means of achieving sustainable development goals through strengthening many sectors, such as aviation, maritime and land transportation, mapping and surveying, environmental monitoring, precision agriculture and natural resources management, disaster warning and emergency response.

    Serving as the Executive Secretariat of the International Committee on GNSS (ICG), UNOOSA is mandated to organize a series of regional workshops and international meetings to promote the global use of GNSS, focusing on deploying instruments for the international space weather initiative (ISWI), developing a GNSS education curriculum, and utilizing regional reference systems that support sustainable development, in particular in developing nations.

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    For further information, please contact:

    Jamshid Gaziyev
    Associate Programme Officer, UNOOSA
    Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-4958
    Email: jamshid.gaziyev@unoosa.org

    Sharafat Gadimova
    Executive Secretariat of the International Committee on
    Global Navigation Satellite Systems, UNOOSA
    Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-5479
    Email: sharafat.gadimova@unoosa.org