21 November 2013. On the occasion of the 8th ICG meeting held in Dubai, 9-14 November 2013, ESPI was unanimously recognised by the ICG Members as a new observer in this Committee.There are three categories of participants in the ICG: Members, Associate Members and Observers. In the Observer category, ESPI will sit henceforth with representatives of the Arab Institute of Navigation (AIN)- also granted observer status during this ICG meeting, the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM), the International Association of Institutes of Navigation (IAIN), the Union Radio-Scientifique Internationale (URSI) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
According to its Mission Statement, the ICG, established in 2005 under the umbrella of the UN, promotes voluntary cooperation on matters of mutual interest related to civil satellite-based positioning, navigation, timing (PNT) and value-added services. The ICG contributes to the sustainable development of the world. Among the core missions of ICG are to encourage coordination among providers of GNSS, regional systems, and augmentations in order to ensure a greater compatibility, interoperability, and transparency, and to promote the introduction and utilization of these services and their future enhancements, including in developing countries, through assistance, if necessary, with the integration into their infrastructures. The ICG also serves to assist GNSS users with their development plans and applications, by encouraging coordination and serving as a focal point for international information exchange.