Sengthening National Geospatial Information Management Capacities
towards Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Implementing Entity/ies
Collaborating Partners
Dec. 2018 - Nov. 2019
Approved Budget
$ 499,999
In the effort to strengthen national geospatial information management capacities for the collection, production, sharing, dissemination and application of timely, reliable and quality geospatial data and information in developing countries to meet the needs of national strategic and development priorities as well as the national implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the project focus in imprementing the United Nations Integrated Geospatial Information Framework (IGIF) by developing the Implementation Guide anchored by the nine strategic pathways that will serve as a reference and a mechanism for Member States to strengthen national geospatial information management capacities.


The Integrated Geospatial Information Framework (IGIF) was adopted at the eighth session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM). The Framework provides a much-needed basis, reference and mechanism for Member States developing and strengthening their national and sub-national arrangements in geospatial information management and related infrastructures. This overarching strategy translates high level policy concepts into practical implementation guidance for use by Member States and does this by leveraging seven (7) underpinning principles, eight (8) goals and nine (9) strategic pathways as a means for governments to establish more effective geospatial information management arrangements. The nine strategic pathways guide governments towards implementing integrated geospatial information systems in a way that will “inform decision-making and ensure effective and inclusive national and sub-national programs that will chart the path towards the ‘Geospatial Way to a Better World’, to assist in the implementation of the SDGs, and transform our world for the better” (António Guterres).

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides the global policy to guide the way countries collectively manage and transform the social, economic and environmental dimensions of people and planet. The broad and transformative nature of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development also offers a tremendous opportunity for the geospatial community to meet the unprecedented need for more and new sources of data covering all aspects of sustainable development. All countries and all sectors need geospatial information for national development and decision-making. Geospatial information is forming a new and emerging “data ecosystem” for sustainable development in which collaborative information systems that are comprehensive, coordinated, and able to provide evidence on the state of a place, people, events and activities, deliver timely information necessary for citizens, organizations and governments to make accountable, informed and evidenced-based decisions.

With the UNPDF project entitled “Strengthening National Geospatial Information Management Capacities towards Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, DESA is enhancing its support, particularly to developing countries, to work towards national integrated information systems through the formulation of appropriate implementation guide facilitating implementation of such global frameworks.