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International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG)

The Way Forward - 10 Years of Achievement 2005-2015

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The tenth anniversary of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) brings with it the opportunity to recognize and acknowledge the vital role that satellite technology has played as an innovative tool for sustainable development. The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, as the Executive Secretariat of the ICG, has worked with Member States to enhance the compatibility and interoperability of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) constellations so that satellite technologies remain equally accessible for all. The ICG demonstrates tangible international cooperation where leading global satellite operators have coordinated their GNSS services to provide global coverage in satellite-based positioning, navigation, and timing, for the benefit of all. As a platform for open discussions and information exchange under the umbrella of the United Nations, the ICG promotes the use of GNSS technology for the management and protection of the environment, disaster risk reduction, agriculture and food security, emergency response, improving the efficiency in surveying and mapping, and to enhance the safety and effectiveness of transportation by land, sea and air.

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Introductory remarks by the co-chairs of the action team on global navigation satellite systems

In 1999, at the Third United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, known as UNISPACE III, the participating States outlined the social and economic benefits of GNSS. Since then, GNSS have rapidly become an integral component of the emerging global information infrastructure, with applications including aviation, maritime and land transportation, mapping and surveying, agriculture, power and telecommunications networks, and disaster warning and emergency response, to name only a few. Particularly for developing countries, GNSS applications offer cost-effective solutions that make it possible to pursue economic growth without compromising on the need to preserve the environment, now and in the future, thus promoting sustainable development.

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