Geospatial Information Section (formerly Cartographic Section )is comprised of a team of experienced mapping
and GIS specialists. It is equipped to undertake a range of geospatial and cartographic
services related to the work of the Secretariat, including the preparation
of small-scale illustrative, large-scale stand-alone maps and GIS products.
To a lesser extent, the section provides advisory geographic/cartographic
services on technical and research issues.
geospatial authority for the Organization, the Section formulates
geospatial standards and provides the necessary clearance for maps
published under the UN imprint (Guidelines for the Publication of Maps, ST/AI/189/Add.25/Rev.1).
maps produced by the Section are an integral part of UN documents; some are
prepared for briefing purposes only; and others are prepared for use by the
Security Council and not for general distribution. Each map has a unique
number that appears in the lower left-hand corner. This number is used to
archive and retrieve maps in the Geospatial Information Section. Most
digitally-prepared, current maps can be downloaded from this site, and are
also available for reference in the Map Collection.
To date, no complete catalogue of United Nations
maps has been published. However, most UN maps are referenced in the Dag Hammarskjöld Library's United Nations Bibliographic
Information System (UNBIS), and may be searched by map number, geographical
area and subject descriptors.
- Publication permissions for maps
Please read the rules for using UN maps in your publications and forward your request.
maps are open source material and you can use them in your work
or for making your own map. We request however that you delete
the UN name and reference number upon any modification to the
map. Content of your map will be your responsibility. You can
state in your publication if you wish something like: based
on UN map…
If you want to use the UN map (or maps) as a UN document, i.e.
without modification in specific publication, book or article
we can issue publication permission on behalf of the UN Publication
Board. It is free of charge and is conducted via email. Please
tell us a few words about your forthcoming publication along
with a list of the UN maps you would like to use.
Please do not reference the map by URL; instead
provide the map name, map number, revision
number and date. This information
can be found at the lower left corner of each publication.
Please see the following example;
Democratic Republic of the Congo, no. 4007 Rev.8 January
Please send your request to: Map Permissions
We do not permit
posting of our maps into your web site (if the map is not part of a
specific publication, book or article) because we revise the maps very
often and want to ensure that only an updated map is posted on the Web. You
can however create links to our site instead. No permission is required for