Wellington will host the 2012 Digital Earth Summit after winning an international bid. The International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) announced at the close of the 2011 Symposium in Perth last week that the 2012 Summit will be held in Wellington. Digital Earth promotes international cooperation through technology to assist in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resource conservation and improvement of living standards. The inaugural Digital Earth Summit was launched by Prime Minister Helen Clark in Auckland in 2006. Tourism New Zealand helped to fund the bid. The summit is expected to attract up to 500 delegates, many from overseas, and runs for three days. Wellington City Council recently completed consultation of a draft digital strategy for the city. It proposes that the city work toward being globally recognised as a “creative digital capital”.
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