United Nations International Meeting on the Applications of Global Navigation Satellite Systems

Co-organized and co-sponsored by the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG)

United Nations Office at Vienna, Vienna International Centre,

Vienna, Austria

Hosted by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

12 - 16 December 2011


The use of the signals received from existing global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), the best known of which are the Global Positioning System (GPS) of the United States and the Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) of the Russian Federation, has become a cross-cutting tool to support growth in precise positioning applications. With Europe's GALILEO satellite navigation system and China's COMPASS/BeiDou navigation system currently being developed and deployed, the number of satellites available at any given time will greatly increase, thereby enhancing the quality of the services and increasing the number of potential users and applications. Furthermore, a number of space-based augmentation systems and regional navigation satellite systems will add more satellites and signals to multiple systems of satellites and, as a result, improve positioning performance in terms of accuracy, availability, reliability and integrity. To benefit from these achievements, countries need to stay abreast of the latest developments in GNSS-related areas and build the capacity to use the GNSS signal.

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), within the framework of its Programme on Space Applications, has been organizing a series of regional workshops on applications of GNSS aimed at increasing awareness among decision makers and policymakers of the benefits of satellite navigation technology and establishing a broad framework for regional and international cooperation.

The results of the series of regional workshops and the international meetings, carried out between 2001 and 2004, contributed to the work of the Action Team on GNSS, one of the 12 action teams established by the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) to implement priority recommendations of the Third United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III). Under the leadership of the United States and Italy, the Action Team on GNSS consisted of 38 countries and 14 international organizations.

In 2004, the Action Team agreed on the distribution of its final report as a special United Nations publication entitled " Report of the Action Team on GNSS: follow-up to the Third United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III)". The work of this Action Team could serve as a model for how the United Nations could undertake follow-up actions of global conferences to yield tangible results within a fixed time frame.

In 2005, the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG), for which UNOOSA acts as Executive Secretariat, was established under the umbrella of the United Nations. ICG's establishment recognizes that GNSS has become a truly international resource and demonstrates the willingness of providers and users to ensure that GNSS services continue to be available in the future for the benefit of humankind.

The following are the regional workshops on applications of GNSS that UNOOSA has carried out between 2001 and 2011:

  • Asia and the Pacific: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 20 - 24 August 2001 (see A/AC.105/771), Beijing, China, 4 - 8 December, 2006 (see A/AC.105/883);
  • Europe: Vienna, Austria, 26 - 30 November 2001 (see A/AC.105/776), Baku, Azerbaijan, 11 - 15 May, 2009 (see A/AC.105/946), and Chisinau, Moldova, 17 - 21 May, 2010 (see A/AC.105/974);
  • Latin America and the Caribbean - Santiago, Chile, 1 -5 April 2002 (see A/AC.105/795); and Medellin, Colombia, 23 - 27 June 2008 (see A/AC.105/920);
  • Africa - Lusaka, Zambia, 15 - 19 July 2002 (see A/AC.105/785); and 26 - 30 June, 2006 (see A/AC.105/876);
  • Western Asia - Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, 16 - 20 January 2011 (see A/AC.105/988).

To commemorate the growth and results the Action Team on GNSS has achieved over the last ten years and look at what could be best achieved through a new approach in the next 5 to 10 years, the United Nations International Meeting on the Applications of GNSS will be held at the United Nations Office at Vienna, Vienna International Centre, Vienna, Austria, from 12 to 16 December 2011. This meeting will bring together the results of the previous regional workshops. It will also be an opportunity to build upon a number of on-going initiatives such as the International Space Weather Initiative (ISWI), multi-GNSS demonstration project, the realization of the regional reference frames and systems, the activities of the UN-affiliated Regional Centres for Space Science and Technology Education also acting as the ICG Information Centres, and a long-term fellowship programme for in-depth training in GNSS and related applications, and also discuss proposals to be forwarded to the ICG to be held in 2012.

Other resources available online

Online Presentations

Note: The views expressed in the presentations below are those of the authors and do not reflect the policies or views of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. The presentations are provided solely for informational purposes.

Opening and Welcome Remarks
Ms. Mazlan OTHMAN, Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs Statement
Mr. Kenneth HODGKINS, Co-chair of the Action Team on GNSS, United States of America Statement
United Nations Programme on Global Navigation Satellite Systems Applications  ,  Ms. Sharafat GADIMOVA, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs Presentation
Session 1: Policies and strategies for promoting sustainable development
Global Positioning System (GPS)  ,  Mr. Hank SKALSKI, United States of America Presentation
GLObal NAvigation Satellite System (GLONASS) Status and Modernization  ,  Ms. Ekaterina OLEYNIK, Russian Federation Presentation
Galileo/EGNOS System Update  ,  Mr. Rafael LUCAS RODRIGUEZ, European Space Agency Presentation
BeiDou System Update  ,  Mr. Weiguang GAO, China Presentation
Indian Regional Navigation Satellite Systems (IRNSS) Overview  ,  Mr. Anand DWIVEDI, India Presentation
Quazi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS)  ,  Mr. Satoshi KOGURE, Japan Presentation
Session 2: International initiatives/experiences
The current status of the RNSS systems and ITU-R recommendations  ,  Mr. Attila MATAS, International Telecommunication Union Presentation
Satellite navigation applications realizing global challenges and ambitions  ,  Mr. Luis CHOCANO, Spain (on behalf of Ms. Axelle Marie-Pierre POMIES, France) Presentation
iGMAS and the BeiDou/GNSS application demonstration and experience campaign,  Mr. Xurong DONG, China Presentation
The International GNSS Service - A component of Global Geodetic Observing System  ,  Ms. Ruth NEILAN, International GNSS Service Presentation
Multi-GNSS Demonstration Campaign in Asia/Oceania region  ,  Mr. Akio YASUDA, Japan Presentation
Session 3: Regional and national initiatives/experiences
GNSS-EGNOS approaches to European airports  ,  Mr. Luis CCHOCANO, Spain Presentation
European Position Determination System initiative  ,  Mr. Ivo MILEV, Germany Presentation
GNSS curriculum for Master's degree and capacity building at Beihang University  ,  Mr. Jingnong WENG, China Presentation
GEOMED project: objectives, impacts and accomplishments  ,  Ms. Ferdaous CHAABANE, Tunisia Presentation
Towards enhancing the capacities of the Middle-East region in space weather disciplines  ,  Mr. Ayman MAHROUS, Egypt Presentation
Session 4: GNSS reference station network and services  
Challenges of regional reference frame implementation  ,  Mr. Heinz HABRICH, Germany Presentation
Geocentric datumof Brunei Darrusalam 2009 (GDBD2009)  ,  Mr. Jamil Mohamed ALI, Brunei Darussalam Presentation
SIRGAS: the achievements 1993 - 2011 and beyond  ,  Mr. William Alberto MARTINEZ DIAZ, Colombia Presentation
Philippines active geodetic network: its application to surveying and mapping  , Mr. Ronaldo GATCHALIAN, the Philippines Presentation
Spatial data quality improvement with GNSS base station system LatPos  ,  Mr. Janis ZVIRGZDS, Latvia Presentation
Development of geodetic databases for MoldPos services  ,  Mr. Vasile CHIRIAC, Moldova Presentation
Conceptual framework of CORS network for precise point positioning applications in Pakistan  ,  Mr. Syed Zahid JAMALPakistan Presentation
Earth science applications of GNSS  ,  Mr. Salem KAHLOUCHE, Algeria   Presentation
Session 5: Space Weather and GNSS
Raising public awareness of space weather induced effects on GNSS performance and operation in Croatia  , Mr. Renato FILJAR, Croatia Presentation
Study of ionospheric perturbations using GNSS ground station and AWESOME VLF data  , Mr. Yusufjon TILLAYEV, Uzbekistan Presentation
GNSS applications for space weather monitoring in Indonesia  , Mr. Buldan MUSLIM, Indonesia Presentation
TEC derived from some GPS stations in Nigeria and comparison with the IRI  , Ms. Rasheedat ABDULRAHIM, Nigeria Presentation
Session 6: Capacity-building, training and education in the field of GNSS
GNSS laboratory research: Academic education and professional advancement  , Mr. Serdjo KOS, Croatia Presentation
The role of capacity building and training on GNSS in the developing countries  , Mr. Mustapha AMGHAR, Morocco Presentation
GNSS education and development in the Riga Technical University  , Mr. Janis KAMINSKIS, Latvia Presentation
G-TRAIN:Supporting aducation and training in the field of satellite navigation in Europe  , Mr. Olivier JULIEN, France Presentation
Session 7: GNSS-based application areas
Active radar observations of meteors and passive detection possibility using GNSS  , Mr. Noah BROSCH, Israel Presentation
Specialized GNSS applications for engineering professionals based on android tablets  , Mr. Ivo MILEV, Germany Presentation
GNSS aviation application and programmes  , Mr. Harvey Gabriel LEKAMISY, Madagascar Presentation
Using location-based social media for emergency response  , Mr. Tal DEKEL and Mr. Ram LEVI, Israel Presentation
Vertical motions in greater Bangkok area after the 2004 Sumatran earthquake from GPS observations and it prediction based on the geophysical modelling  , Mr. Chalermchon SATIROPOD, Thailand   Presentation
GNSS applications for managing informal settlements in Swaziland  . Mr. Sydney SIMELANE, Swaziland   Presentation
Enhancing GNSS accuarcy and availability in inter-tropical zone  , Mr. Donnay Fleur NAHIMANA, Burundi   Presentation
GNSS technology in thematic maps development  , Mr. Aleksandar RISTIC, Serbia   Presentation
Colombian Civil Aviation Authority  , Ms. Nibia Lucia MORALES GALINDO Presentation
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