About Global Surveyors' Day
In 1984 the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM) established NATIONAL SURVEYORS WEEK in the United States to recognize and promote the many contributions by surveyors and the surveying profession in all aspects of life. U.S. President Ronald Reagan also signed a Presidential Proclamation in 1984 recognizing National Surveyors Week and asking citizens to observe this week with appropriate ceremonies and activities paying tribute to professional surveyors and their contribution to society.
Initial discussions were held in 2008 with the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) about establishing a Global Surveyors’ Day.
CLGE (the Council of European Geodetic Surveyors) launched its first DAY OF THE EUROPEAN SURVEYOR in 2012 on the 500th anniversary of Flemish geographer and cartographer Gerardus Mercator’s birth.
During the 2013 CLGE General Assembly meeting at the European Space Expo in Budapest, Hungary the Budapest Declaration was signed by Jean-Yves Pirlot, CLGE President, John Hohol, representing NSPS, and Gyorgy Domokos, Hungarian CLGE Delegate requesting that the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) consider the creation of a common worldwide Surveyors’ Day.
By the initiative of CLGE and NSPS with the endorsement of FIG the Première celebration of Global Surveyors’ Day 2018 was held at World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC.
U.S. President Donald Trump sent Presidential Proclamation to join the celebration.