from commission's secretary
NEWS - Flash Nr. 2022/8: IGU Conference on Health, Environment and Sustainable Development
NEWS - Flash Nr. 2022/7: Mobilising geographical knowledge in response to increased and intensified pandemics and risks
The Africa Commission of the IGU invites for a conference in Moçambique in May 2023. Borna (our chair) and I think that the topic could be of interest for many of you. I therefore attach the first circular to this message. It is also an opportunity to put Africa more into our focus and recruit new members.
THE INTERNATIONAL GEOGRAPHICAL UNION (IGU) COMMISSION ON AFRICAN STUDIES CONFERENCE
Theme: Mobilising geographical knowledge in response to increased and intensified pandemics and risks
Date: 28 – 30 May 2023
Venue: Universidade Pedagógica de Maputo, Campus da Lhanguene, Moçambique
In recent years, the world has experienced an unprecedented onslaught of disasters and other hazards. One of them is the COVID-19 pandemic that hit the world in December 2019 with devastating consequences. The COVID-19 pandemic is still raging leaving in its wake a trail of destruction and/or devastation.Africa in general and Southern Africa specifically have not only been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic but also face many other risks such as tropical cyclones accompanied by flooding, loss of life, and destruction of property as well as social and physical infrastructure. These are questions that invite ongoing and consistent academic conversations. In this context, the IGU Commission on African Studies (IGUCAS), invites paper and session proposals for its 2023 annual conference themed; Mobilising geographical knowledge in response to increased and intensified pandemic and risks, which will be held at Pedagogical University (Universidade Pedagógica), Maputo, Mozambique from 28-30 May 2023. The theme of the scientific event address geographic, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary scientific research on pandemics and various risks and how and to what extent geographic knowledge can be mobilized to address these challenges, in this way the conference directly responds to the challenges that afflict and affect people in different scales and locations.
The IGU CAS, therefore, invites paper and session proposals from all fields of geography and other disciplines which respond to and interrogate, but are not limited to the following:
a) Geographic knowledge in a globalized world;
b) Cartography and geographic information sciences;
c) Geographic education and teaching;
d) Climate change, disasters and socio-environmental risks;
e) Sustainability in the use of natural resources;
f) Challenges of health geography and demographic dynamics;
g) Urbanization and development;
h) Geopolitics, culture and citizenship;
i) Natural resource use/management.
SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS:
The IGUCAS welcomes proposals for panels, papers and posters on any of the themes above or any other. Each panel or session should constitute between four to five papers. Proposals should clearly indicate the form and theme of presentation proposed:
Deadline for panel OR session proposal submission: 30 November 2022;
Deadline for paper and poster abstract submission: 30 November 2022;
Notification of abstract/session acceptance: 30 January 2022;
Deadline for submission of full papers: 30 March 2023.
Abstracts should follow the following format and be sent to all of the following emails:
Your Abstract must follow the ensuing format:
• Abstract (250 words)
• Keywords (not more than 6)
• Full name(s) and institutional affiliations of the author(s)
Level * Value in Mozambican Meticais
All undergraduate students * 500
All graduate students * 1 000
Mozambican academics/teachers * 1 500
Non Mozambican academics * 3 000
Gala Dinner * 2 500
Geographic excursion * 1 500
Local organsing Committee1. Prof. Gustavo Sobrinho Dgedge, Universidade Pedagógica de Maputo (Coordenador) 2. Prof. Sabil Damiao Mandala, Universidade Pedagógica de Maputo (Vice - Coordenador) 3. Prof Elisa Eda Nhambire, Universidade Pedagógica de Maputo (Membro) 4. Prof José Júlio Júnior Guambe, Universidade Pedagógica de Maputo (Membro) 5. Prof Palmira Isaura de Castro Morgado, Universidade Pedagógica de Maputo (Membro)
International Scientific Committee1. Prof I Moyo, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Zululand, South Africa. 2. Prof Hazel Barrett, Chair in Development Geography, Coventry University 3. Prof CC Nshimbi, SARCHI Chair on the Political Economy of Migration in Southern Africa, , University of Pretoria, , Pretoria, South Africa 4. Prof Alain François LOUKOU, Enseignant - Chercheur, Géographie des TIC/Lecturer, Geography of ICT Université de Bouaké (Côte d'Ivoire / Ivory Coast) 5. Prof. Kenneth Matengu, Vice Chancellor, University of, Namibia 6. Dr Augustin Chabossou, Centre d'Etudes, de Formation et de Recherchesen Développement (CEFRED), Université d'AbomeyCalavi (Bénin), 7. Prof. Yazidhi Bamutaze, Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Climatic Sciences, Kampala, Uganda 8. Dr. Ibrahima Sylla, Département de Géographie de l'Université Cheick Anta Diop, Dakar, Sénégal, 9. Prof A.I. Tanko, PhD, FRGS, Dean, Faculty of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Bayero University, Nigeria, 10. ProfJ.A. (Tony) Binns- Ron Lister Chair of Geography, Department of Geography University of Otago, New Zealand 11. Prof. Gustavo Sobrinho Dgedge, Universidade Pedagógica de Maputo 12. Prof. Sabil Damião Mandala, Universidade Pedagógica de Maputo 13. Prof Elisa Eda Nhambire, Universidade Pedagógica de Maputo 14. Prof. Luis Adriano Guevane, Universidade Pedagógica de Maputo 15. Prof Suzete Lourenço Buque, Universidade Pedagógica de Maputo 16. Prof José Júlio Júnior Guambe, Universidade Pedagógica de Maputo 17. Prof Manuel Madeira Macandza, Universidade Pedagógica de Maputo 18. Prof Miguel Ribeiro Muguio, Universidade Pedagógica de Maputo 19. Prof. Manuel Salvador da Conceição Rebelo, Universidade Pedagógica de Maputo
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The following announcement has been sent out by the IGU:
NEWS - Flash Nr. 2022/4: UN Geospatial Information Congress
16 August 2022
Second United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress (UNWGIC 2022)
10 – 14 October 2022, Hyderabad, India
We are pleased to provide you updated information on the Second United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress (UNWGIC 2022) that will be convened in Hyderabad, India from 10 to 14 October 2022. The Congress is being organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) with the support of the Government of India through its Ministry of Science and Technology. The venue is Hyderabad International Convention Centre.
The Congress will promote comprehensive dialogue on global geospatial information management with all relevant governments, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and academia, as mandated by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to the Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management, a subsidiary body of ECOSOC.
With an overarching theme “Geo-Enabling the Global Village: No one should be left behind”, the programme has developed significantly over the last few months and includes a high-level Opening Ceremony, three Plenary Sessions and a comprehensive programme of Parallel Sessions related to the themes of the Congress. The Plenary Sessions will be dedicated to how geospatial information is important for: Supporting Sustainable Development and the Wellbeing of Society; Environmental and Climate Challenges; and Embracing Digital Transformation and Technological Development. Two Special Sessions focus on the United Nations Integrated Geospatial Information Framework as a mechanism for strengthening of nationally integrated geospatial information management towards transformative change. The International Advisory Committee of the Congress has also developed a parallel session programme that is anchored on the nine Strategic Pathways of the Integrated Geospatial Information Framework.
The closing session includes short summaries from the thematic viewpoints of the plenary, special and parallel sessions, and the outcome of the Congress will inform the global geospatial information management agenda for the coming years. On 14 October there will also be a number of formal meetings of represenatives and experts, including the 11th Plenary Meeting of UN-GGIM-AP and the annual meeting of the UN-GGIM Expanded Bureau.
You may wish to note that many senior officials from across the world will attend. Some will take part in plenary sessions, others in special and parallel sessions that discuss the societal, economic and environmental benefits of reliable, timely and quality geospatial information, particularly important for national development priorities and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and consider its role in creating a more sustainable and equitable world for all, where no one is left behind.
We trust you will join us and participate in the Congress. The registration process for the Congress is now open through the registration link at: https://ggim.un.org/2unwgic/. Please register promptly as requests for participation will close on 23 September 2022. In an effort to inform a wide cross section of our professional geospatial information management community, we ask that you share this information and updates with relevant government agencies and related stakeholders in your country, private sector and academia. Information about the Congress, including an updated Information Note, thematic areas, special, parallel and plenary sessions are posted on the Congress website at: https://ggim.un.org/2unwgic/.
Should you have any questions regarding the Congress, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Greg Scott and Ms. Vilma Frani (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) at the UN-GGIM Secretariat, Statistics Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs. For information on local logistical arrangements in Hyderabad, India, please contact email@example.com.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Second United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress as we work to advance the critical role of integrated geospatial information management in the implementation of national and global development objectives for a shared future and a more inclusive world.
United Nations Statistics Division/DESA
NEWS - Flash Nr. 2022/3: Expulsion of Russian NC from IGU
Expulsion of the IGU National Committee of Russia
The International Geographical Union (IGU) condemns the invasion of Ukraine by Russian armed forces and notes that the sustained escalation of the military offence continues to take a terrible toll on innocent civilians and is responsible for an ongoing humanitarian crisis in the country.
The IGU further notes that the current Russian National Committee of the IGU has an integral, symbolic association with the Russian Geographical Society (RGS), that the RGS President is the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation, and that Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, chairs the RGS Board of Trustees and whose decisions underpin the illegal invasion of Ukraine which is counter to the purposes and values of the IGU as indicated in its Statutes (https://igu-online.org/organization/statutes/).
In light of these circumstances, the General Assembly of the International Geographical Union at the Extraordinary International Geographical Congress, Paris, July 18th to 22nd 2022, agrees to expel the IGU National Committee of Russia with immediate effect.
In so doing, the IGU recognizes that many Russian geographers are outraged by the continued aggression by Russian armed forces in Ukraine. Accordingly, in expelling Russia’s formal IGU membership, the IGU welcomes, encourages and supports continued engagement with our colleagues in Russia in their individual capacities and a reconfigured relationship with the Russian geographical community.
Le Comité exécutif de l'Union géographique internationale suspend le Comité national russe de l'UGI
L'Union géographique internationale (UGI) a déjà exprimé sa ferme opposition à l'invasion de l'Ukraine, un État souverain indépendant, par les forces armées russes (voir : https://iguonline.org/declaration-by-the-international-geographical-union-on-the-ukraine-crisis/). Cependant, l'escalade de l'offensive militaire et la crise humanitaire qui en découle exigent que nous prenions de nouvelles décisions. Le Comité exécutif de l'Union géographique internationale (UGI) a donc pris la mesure sans précédent de suspendre l'adhésion du Comité national de la Russie de l'UGI avec effet immédiat, en attendant une décision formelle sur son adhésion lors de la prochaine Assemblée générale de l'UGI en juillet 2022.
Le Comité national russe de l'UGI a une association intégrale et symbolique avec la Société de Géographie de Russie ( SGR ). Le président de la SGR est le ministre de la défense de la Fédération de Russie et Vladimir Poutine, président de la Fédération de Russie, préside le conseil d'administration de la SGR. Leurs décisions soutiennent l'invasion illégale de l'Ukraine. Le Comité exécutif de l'UGI condamne les actions du gouvernement russe, qui vont à l'encontre des objectifs et des valeurs de l'UGI, comme indiqué dans ses statuts (https://iguonline.org/organization/statutes/). Dans ces circonstances, le Comité exécutif considère que l'UGI ne peut pas continuer à s'engager formellement avec le Comité national russe.
Néanmoins, le Comité exécutif de l'UGI reconnaît que de nombreux géographes russes sont profondément consternés par la présence continue des forces armées russes et l'agression en Ukraine et ont ouvertement appelé à la fin des opérations militaires là-bas (voir : https://protect-za.mimecast.com/s/LA5XCKO7nQIY0YYDUpcM0H). Par conséquent, en suspendant l'adhésion formelle de la Russie à l'UGI, l'UGI maintient une porte ouverte pour un engagement continu avec nos collègues en Russie dans leurs capacités individuelles.
NEWS - Flash Nr. 2022/2: The word from the IGU president
Dear members of the IGU community
The recent IGU e-newsletter contained a brief “from the President’s desk” message. However, I don't really feel that such a short piece was able to do full justice to the Extraordinary International Geographical Congress celebration that was held in celebration of our centennial. Therefore, I am writing to the entire IGU community today to offer a few more reflections on the event and, in so doing, mention a few highlights from the General Assembly that took place in association with the Congress.
There is no doubt that the pandemic over the last three years has disrupted organisations such as ours enormously. Our plans to hold the 34th International geographical Congress in 2020 in Istanbul had to be put on hold for a year, and even the postponed Congress that was held in 2021 had to held in online format. It was with some trepidation that we entered the year 2022 the year of our Centennial with the hope that the Extraordinary International Geographical Congress to be hosted in Paris in July would go ahead face-to-face as hoped. There is little doubt that such uncertainty placed a huge amount of pressure on the local organizing committee. Understandably many in the IGU community hedged their bets as to whether or not an excursion to Paris to join in the celebrations would be possible at all. This meant that many of us delayed registration until the last possible moment and -as understandable as that was under the circumstances, the difficulty of predicting final numbers was a real challenge for the organizers. In the end, however, the outcome was a veritable triumph, as almost 2500 delegates, including a small percentage who attended online, were able to participate in the Congress and join in what transpired as a fantastic 100th birthday celebration.
It was an immense privilege for me, personally, to have been able to oversee the 100th anniversary event in celebration of the distinguished and illustrious history of a great geographical organization. The success of any large and complex event such as this is the product of enormous amounts of hard work. That work could never be effective without partnerships, collaboration and, of course, leadership. The local organizing committee in Paris proved to be the real engine room of the Congress and it provided an example par excellence of the importance of partnerships to accomplishing success. The collaboration between geographers from numerous universities in France, under the auspices of the French National Geographical Committee (CNFG), in partnership with the IGU, proved to be the linchpin of a massively positive outcome. Partnerships need leaders, and we were extremely grateful to have had the steadfast and indefatigable support of CNFG President Amaël Cattaruzza and Secretary-General Jérôme Verny as key members of the relentlessly diligent and highly effective Congress executive. I think in Paris we witnessed a landmark event that truly demonstrated how a local geographical community can harness its strengths to advance the discipline globally. On behalf of the international community of geographers, I wish to express my deep appreciation for the work of the CNFG and the entire local organizing team in facilitating such a fitting celebration of IGU history in Paris.
In addition to the rich and diverse scientific and social programme at the Congress, we also held a General Assembly. Over and above the usual business of, for example, reports from the President and Secretary-General, we also took two very significant decisions at the meeting. The first of these centred on the membership of the IGU Russian National
Committee. Earlier this year, in response to the illegal invasion of Ukraine by Russian military forces, the IGU executive committee took the unprecedented step of suspending Russian membership, pending a formal decision to be taken at the Paris General Assembly. Following a robust discussion in which inevitably the issue of academic freedom was raised the General Assembly voted ‘nemine contradicente’ to expel the IGU Russian National Committee indefinitely. The full text of the resolution adopted is appended to this letter. I wish to reaffirm that this is in no way intended to isolate geographers in Russia and we encourage all our colleagues in that country to maintain their highly valued contributions to the IGU through its commissions and task forces, its congresses and regional and thematic conferences and with all its broader activities -in their individual capacities. A second important, albeit largely technical, decision was taken by the assembly to revise formally the duties and responsibilities of the Secretary-General and to establish a separate position of Treasurer. Accordingly, the Executive Committee has appointed IGU VP Professor Holly Barcus as Treasurer for the period 2022 to 2024.
As the celebration in Paris demonstrates, IGU at 100 is a strong and growing organization but one that needs to find ways to further expand and deepen its sphere of influence. The glorious heritage of the organization provides ample evidence of the sustenance it has given to our discipline, and I anticipate with confidence that it will continue to do so for the next 100 years and more. Thank you all for your ongoing support.
Michael Meadows, IGU president
Cape Town, South Africa
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IGC Paris 2022
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Passing away of the IGU General Secretary
The acting IGU General Secretary, Prof. R.B. Singh, has unexpectedly passed away on July 21, 2021 at the age of 66. Professor Singh taught at Delhi University in the fields of Environmental Geography and GIS applications. He was elected Vice-President of the IGU and, in 2018, took over the office of General Secretary.
In our Commission we remember him for having participated in the 1989 conference in Fribourg/Switzerland organized by the Subcommission on Development in Highlands and Nigh-Latitude Zones, and for having agreed to publish the papers of our Study Group 1994 Conference in Cesky Krumlow (Czech Republic). In 1994, he also organized a conference on disaster management in Delhi where several of our members participated.
May he rest in peace.
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Passing away of the IGU General Secretary
The acting IGU General Secretary, Prof. R. B. Singh, has unexpectedly passed away on July 21, 2021 at the age of 66. Professor Singh taught at Delhi University in the fields of Environmental Geography and GIS applications. He was elected Vice-President of the IGU and, in 2018, took over the office of General Secretary.
In our Commission we remember him for having participated in the 1989 conference in Fribourg/Switzerland organized by the Subcommission on Development in Highlands and High-Latitude Zones, and for having agreed to publish the papers of our Study Group 1994 Conference in Cesky Krumlow (Czechia). In 1994, he also organized a conference on disaster management in Delhi where several of our members participated.
May he rest in peace.
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Romania virtual conference, August 2021
Dear friends and colleagues,
The Covid-19 pandemic is far from over and an increasing number of people are suffering. It also slows down many activities. Although restrictions have been lifted or relaxed in some places, they are maintained or even reinforced in others – the future is unpredictable. We have been reflecting on our commission conference in Cluj-Napoca (Romania) that has been shifted from August 2020 to this year. The local organizing committee and the Commission steering committee have jointly decided to hold our conference as a virtual event on Zoom. The decision by the Istanbul organizers to hold the IGC online has made this decision easy.
Please note the following details, which can also be found on the conference website:
Conference Date August 9 and 10, 2021
Deadline to submit abstract or panel proposals 25 May 2021
Proposal notification (acceptance/rejection) 1 June 2021
Payment for conference fee upon acceptance
Registration fee deadline 15 June 2021
Full conference programme 1 July 2021
The registration fee has been fixed at 20€ (20 Euros), to be paid once your paper has been accepted.
More information can be obtained on the website https://georeg.conference.ubbcluj.ro.
It is a pity that we cannot meet in person and be able to discover an exciting region. The organizers had prepared field trips, but the current situation prevents us from making this experience.
Secretary: Prof. Walter Leimgruber, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Extract from the IGU Annual Report 2020
IGU Virtual General Assembly (21st August 2020, 7:30-11:30 GMT)
The General Assembly was hosted on the Zoom platform and chaired by President Yukio Himiyama who presided over representatives from 37 IGU National Committees along with 20 or so other online delegates. A further 700 participants joined the General Assembly via the dedicated YouTube channel. The results of the previously held e-ballot for positions on the Executive Committee were announced as follows: Professor Michael Meadows (South Africa) was elected as President; Vice-Presidents Professor Nathalie Lemarchand (re- elected), Holly Barcus, Barbaros Gönençgil (reelected), and Professor Céline Rozenblat were confirmed as new members of the IGU ExecutiveCommittee.
Major items of business at the General Assembly included discussion on EC recommendations for continuation of IGU Commissions and Task Forces. All were confirmed to continue to 2024 with changes in identities of the chairpersons and steering committee members where this was required according to the IGU Statutes. Two new Commissions, Mountain Studies and Research Methods in Geography were established. Reports by the President Secretary-General and Acting Treasurer were all accepted by the assembly by concensus. Fulll membership of the Dominican Republic was approved and the re-application of Colombia was accepted pending clarification of their National Committee membership. A discussion on IGU priorities was followed by items relating to IGU relations with external bodies such as the International Science Council. There were votes of thanks to outgoing members of the Executive Committee, Past-President Vladimir Kolosov, Vice-Presidents Joos Droogleever-Fortuijn and comments by incoming new members who will serve office for the period 2020-24, viz. President Michael Meadows, and Vice-Presidents Holly Barcus and Céline Rozenblat.
The full report can be consulted from the IGU website:
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Our Commission has reserved one slot in the special COVID-19 session, called
Bridging in a Covidian World (of still Increasing Inequalities
Construire des ponts dans un monde covidien aux inegalites (toujours) croissantes
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Romania conference postponed
Dear friends and colleagues,
As you may have heard, the Istanbul IGU Congress has been deferred to August 16-20, 2021, as a consequence of the Coronavirus pandemic and the resulting travel restrictions.
This affects our planning as well. Our local organizer in Cluj-Napoca (Romania) had timed our annual conference for the week before the IGC. Since nobody can foretell when the current pandemic and all the restrictions that go along with it will end, the Steering Committee of our Commission has decided to do the same and hold the conference in the week preceding the IGC. The new date is therefore August 8 – 13, 2021. Further information will follow in the appropriate moment.
Thank you for taking notice. I am looking forward to seeing many of you next year under (hopefully) better circumstances.
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Proposed Book on Covid-19 and Marginality
Dear Commission Members,
The publisher of our Commission Book Series, Springer, have approached us to see if we, as a commission, can develop an edited book focusing on Covid-19 and Marginality.
As editors we have met and feel that, while it might at this stage be too early to develop a formal proposal given the evolving situation, we do however feel that, in due course, a book should be written about how marginal areas have been impacted and responded. In addition, getting a true global perspective is ideal, given widely different national impact rates and national responses. Ultimately though our interest will be more in the impact and implications for marginal places and of local responses within nations (or between nations). Issues which may be worth exploring include:
impacts on welfare and wellbeing
impacts on housing / food supply / employment etc.
impact of national and local policy changes and interventions
local responses including volunteerism, new or alternate economic activity, networking (or the opposite)
society has adapted.
At this stage we are looking for expressions of interest from potential chapter contributors. It is too early to ask for formal proposals, but we would be interested to know if, in principle, you would like to submit a chapter, and if so what part of the world would it focus on and, as far as possible, what issues might you hope to discuss. Please contact one of us: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Borna, Etienne, Stanko & Walter