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Mission Statement of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG)  
The International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG), established in 2005 under the umbrella of the United Nations, promotes voluntary cooperation on matters of mutual interest related to civil satellite-based positioning, navigation, timing, and value-added services. The ICG contributes to the sustainable development of the world. Among the core missions of the ICG are to encourage coordination among providers of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), regional systems, and augmentations in order to ensure greater compatibility, interoperability, and transparency, and to promote the introduction and utilization of these services and their future enhancements, including in developing countries, through assistance, if necessary, with the integration into their infrastructures. The ICG also serves to assist GNSS users with their development plans and applications, by encouraging coordination and serving as a focal point for information exchange.
Vision Statement of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG)  
The International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) strives to encourage and facilitate compatibility, interoperability and transparency between all the satellite navigation systems, to promote and protect the use of their open service applications and thereby benefit the global community. Our vision is to ensure the best satellite based positioning, navigation and timing for peaceful uses for everybody, anywhere, any time.

Following the Third United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III), held in 1999, in its resolution 54/68, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the "Vienna Declaration: Space Millennium for Human Development". The Vienna Declaration called for action, among other matters, to improve the efficiency and security of transport, search and rescue, geodesy and other activities by promoting the enhancement of, universal access to and compatibility of, space-based navigation and positioning systems. In response to that call, in 2001 the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) established the Action Team on Global Navigation Satellite Systems ( GNSS) to carry out those actions under the chairmanship of Italy and the United States of America. The Action Team on GNSS, consisting of 38 member States and 15 inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, recommended, among other things, that an International Committee on GNSS (ICG) should be established to promote the use of GNSS infrastructure on a global basis and to facilitate exchange of information. The Committee included this recommendation in the Plan of Action proposed in its report to the General Assembly on the review of the implementation of the recommendations of UNISPACE III. In 2004, in its resolution 59/2, the General Assembly endorsed the Plan of Action. In the same resolution, the General Assembly invited GNSS and augmentation system providers to consider establishing an ICG in order to maximize the benefits of the use and applications of GNSS to support sustainable development ( A/AC.105/846).


International Meetings on GNSS/ICG hosted by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
at the United Nations Office at Vienna

At the "United Nations International Meeting for the Establishment of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG)" held on 1- 2 December 2005 in Vienna, Austria, the ICG was established on a voluntary basis as an informal body for the purpose of promoting cooperation, as appropriate, on matters of mutual interest related to civil satellite-based positioning, navigation, timing, and value-added services, as well as compatibility and interoperability among the GNSS systems, while increasing their use to support sustainable development, particularly in the developing countries. The participants in the meeting agreed on an establishment of the ICG information portal, to be hosted by UNOOSA, as a portal for users of GNSS services.

 

 

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Global Navigation Satellite Systems: Education Curriculum and Glossary of GNSS Terms

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10 Years of achievement of the United Nations on Global Navigation Satellite Systems

 

Report on Current and Planned Global and Regional Navigation Satellite Systems
and Satellite-based Augmentation Systems

 

International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems - leaflet

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The United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution 60/99 of 2005,

"Notes with satisfaction the progress made, in accordance with General Assembly resolution 59/2, by Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and augmentation system providers to establish an international committee on GNSS…."

In its resolution 61/111, of 14 December 2006, the General Assembly noted with appreciation that,

"the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems was established on a voluntary basis as an informal body to promote cooperation, as appropriate, on matters of mutual interest related to civil satellite-based positioning, navigation, timing and value-added services, as well as the compatibility and interoperability of global navigation satellite systems, while increasing their use to support sustainable development, particularly in developing countries."

 

   

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