'United Nations OpenGIS initiative'

Kyoung-Soo Eom

Kyoung-Soo Eom

Chief Geospatial Information Section

Information & Communications Technology Division

Department of Field Support United Nations

Mr. Kyoung-Soo Eom has been serving as Chief of the Geospatial Information Section (formerly UN Cartographic Section) since 2005 in the United Nations. He has over 35 years of technical and management experience in the public and private sectors as well as military service.

He joined the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) in January 1999, and he identified the missed opportunities in using geospatial information and GIS tools in order to meet the operational needs to support effective decision-making of UN peacekeeping operations. In early 2000, he prepared a project proposal to use GIS and Remote Sensing technologies to support UN peacekeeping operations at Headquarters and in the UN field missions with an aim to bring geospatial analysis capability to UN peacekeepers and support a common operational picture for decision makers, management, planners and subject matter experts.

He was also appointed Acting Chief of Strategic Support Service in the Department of Field Support in 2012-2013. In accordance with the Peace Agreement between Eritrea and Ethiopia, the UN Secretary-General designated Mr. Eom to serve as the Secretary of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC) in 2005-2008.

The UN Geospatial Information Section supports cartographic and geospatial information needs of the Security Council and the UN Secretariat including UN field missions, and oversees global GIS programmes at UN Headquarters and in the UN field missions. It provides GIS services to Security Council members, decision makers, political analysts, information managers, planning & operation teams, humanitarian affairs, economic & social affairs, safety & security and logisticians with a wide array of geospatial services. It also supports Member States in boundary making activities upon request. The UN Geospatial Information Section, together with the Statistics Division, is providing support to the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), as co-Secretariat.

Prior to his work with the United Nations, Mr. Eom worked for LG-CNS (formerly LG-EDS Systems, a System Integration Company) in Seoul, Korea as General Manager and Project Manager. He also served in the Korean Army as the Chief of Combined Terrain Analysis Team of Korea-USA Combined Force Command in Seoul and Chief Operations Officer of the Korean Contingent in the UN Operations in Somalia.