FYI, there is a new initiative by United Nations called GGIM, Global Geospatial Information Management, “… to create a formal mechanism under UN auspices where key issues and potential action can be discussed, and by involving member states as the key players.”
Website recently launched at http://ggim.un.org/
The UN Programme on Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM) aims at playing a leading role in setting the agenda for the development of global geospatial information and to promote its use to address key global challenges. It provides a forum to liaise and coordinate among Member States, and between Member States and international organizations.
There will be their first UN Forum on GGIM in Seoul, South Korea, in October 2011. Concept note and agenda can be found here (you can find many familiar names in the list of speakers!).