The Danish Geodata Agency (DGA) is representing the Danish Kingdom at the upcoming International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) Assembly, which is set to take place in Monaco from the 1st to the 5th of May. The assembly will be attended by representatives from the 98 member states and numerous international organizations.
In addition to representing Denmark at the assembly, the Danish Geodata Agency is also tremendously proud to announce that its Director-General, Pia Dahl Højgaard, has been selected to chair the prestigious gathering. This is not only a significant milestone for the Danish Geodata Agency, but also a historic moment for the IHO, as Pia will not only be the first Danish Chair in recent times, but more noticeably the first woman to chair the Assembly.
The IHO Assembly is held every three years and is the organization's principal decision-making body. It serves as a platform for member states to discuss hydrographic and nautical charting issues and to set out the direction of the organization for the next three years. The Assembly is also responsible for approving the organization's work program and budget.
As Chair of the IHO Assembly, Pia Dahl Højgaard will play a crucial role in guiding discussions and ensuring that the Assembly runs smoothly. Her knowledge of hydrography and nautical charting, as well as her extensive leadership skills, make her a perfect fit for the role.
"I am honored to have been selected to chair the IHO Assembly," said Pia Dahl Højgaard. "I look forward to working with representatives from around the world to discuss the important issues facing the hydrographic community and to set out a clear direction for the IHO for the next three years."
The DGA is one of the leading hydrographic offices in the world and is responsible for collecting, processing, and distributing hydrographic data and nautical charts for Danish and Greenlandic waters. The agency plays a vital role in ensuring the safety of navigation, protecting the marine environment, and essentially supporting the blue economy. Elizabeth Hagemann, Head of the Department of the Danish Hydrographic Office, expresses the importance of Assembly: “I am privileged to lead the Danish delegation at the 3rd Assembly of the International Hydrographic Organization, the highest decision-making body of the IHO. This is a crucial meeting where we will have the opportunity to collaborate with other member states to shape the future of hydrography. We are committed to actively contributing to the discussions and decisions taken at the Assembly and look forward to a successful outcome for the benefit of the global maritime community."