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    UNIS/OS/461
    15 December 2015

    International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) Experts Meeting opens in Vienna

    VIENNA, 15 December (UN Information Service) - A four-day Experts Meeting of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems will take place at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) from 15 to 18 December 2015.

    The International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) has taken a leading role to promote collaboration in utilizing global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) services for a range of commercial, scientific and technological applications. Specific areas of interest to ICG and its working groups include systems, signals, and services, enhancement of GNSS performance, new services and capabilities, timing and geodetic reference frames, education and training, and global applications.

    "Global Navigation Satellite Systems continue to develop as a tool for international cooperation among the satellite operators of the current and planned systems," said Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of the Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA),. "The growing need to locate objects accurately and reliably has wide-ranging implications for the environment, disaster warning and emergency response amongst other things. The ICG and UNOOSA are working to raise awareness of the important role of GNSS in our societies and to promote international collaboration in this field." .

    The ICG Experts Meeting on GNSS Services aims at increasing knowledge and expertise relating to GNSS capabilities and its benefits to the GNSS user community worldwide. "GNSS applications offer cost-effective solutions to pursue economic and social growth while preserving the environment, which is particularly useful for developing countries and helps to promote sustainable development", said Di Pippo. In this meeting, ICG will introduce the scope of its work which contributes to international cooperation by providing a platform for exchanging updated information on the use of GNSS technology and its applications. A seminar will be held during the ICG Experts Meeting, introducing spectrum management and the mitigation of radio frequency interference - collectively known as spectrum protection - for radionavigation satellite services (RNSS).

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    The UN Office for Outer Space Affairs leads the Inter-Agency Meeting and serves as its secretariat. The Office, as a United Nations entity with about 30 staff, based in Vienna, with offices in Bonn and  Beijing for the UN-SPIDER programme, stands at the centre of international efforts to bring the benefits of space technology to meet global development needs and protect and preserve the Earth and space environment, with the prime mandate to serve the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and its Subcommittees.

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    For further information about the event, please contact:

    Sharafat  Gadimova 
    United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)  
    Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-5479  
    Email: sharafat.gadimova[at]unoosa.org