International Geographical Union (IGU)

 

E-Newsletter

IGU E-Newsletter July 2017

IGU E-Newsletter July 2016

IGU E-Newsletter October 2015

IGU E-Newsletter July 2015

IGU E-Newsletter April 2015

IGU E-Newsletter January 2015

IGU E-Newsletter October 2014

IGU E-Newsletter July 2014

 

IGU Reports

A copy of the 2016 Annual Report of the IGU is available for download here

The 2015 report is available here.

The 2013 report is  available here.

The 2012 report is available here.

 

A copy of New Zealand's National Report is available for download here.

 

Background to the IGU

The IGU was founded under the auspices of the International Research Council in 1922 in Brussels, having been conceived some years earlier in Paris. Its debut as a formal, continuing organization was preceded by ten International Geographical Congresses, the first of which was held in Antwerp in 1871. Early congresses addressed such specific topics as the international standardization of the prime meridian for mapping and agreement on the world’s time zones. In later years up to 1922 the congresses became more general in scope, establishing commissions to address salient facets of geography and cartography. The IGU was established as part of the broader organization of international science that occurred in the early decades of the last century. The IGU was a founding member of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and remains an active member of that organization, in addition to its membership in the International Social Science Council (ISSC).

 

Today’s IGU is comprised of a General Assembly, 41 Commissions, a Task Force, one Special Committee, and the IGU Executive Committee. IGU membership is by country, and the general assembly consists of a delegate from each member country. The assembly normally meets every fourth year at an IGU Congress and indeed met in 2012 in Cologne, Germany (see below). Commissions and task forces are, respectively, the research and action components of the IGU. The IGU Executive Committee and General Assembly form commissions, task forces, and special committees in response to the changing needs of international geography. The elected executive committee guides the IGU between the IGU’s International Geographical Congresses (held every four years) and Regional Conferences (held every fourth year midway between congress years).The IGU was founded under the auspices of the International Research Council in 1922 in Brussels, having been conceived some years earlier in Paris. Its debut as a formal, continuing organization was preceded by ten International Geographical Congresses, the first of which was held in Antwerp in 1871. Early congresses addressed such specific topics as the international standardization of the prime meridian for mapping and agreement on the world’s time zones. In later years up to 1922 the congresses became more general in scope, establishing commissions to address salient facets of geography and cartography. The IGU was established as part of the broader organization of international science that occurred in the early decades of the last century. The IGU was a founding member of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and remains an active member of that organization, in addition to its membership in the International Social Science Council (ISSC).