Geospatial mandates

  • Ninth session of the UN Committee of Expert on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM)
  • Hunger Map prepared by the World Food Programme
  • Former Secretary-General explores the map of the Blue Line
  • Jordan briefing the Security Council with maps
  • Map of the World showing dependent territories
  • Former Secretary-General reviews the map detailing deployment location of UNEF

Experts from States

Committees and groups of experts have been established in the United Nations as intergovernmental mechanisms to consider how geography and geospatial information can address global challenges and set directions, policies, norms and methods in this domain.


Offices and departments of the Secretariat use geospatial information in the context of the delivery of their mandates, including through satellite imagery analysis, advanced analytics, geodata management, geovisualization and web-solutions.

Security Council

The Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. Geospatial information informs consultations, discussions and proceedings of the Security Council and supports Sanctions Committees and Panels of Experts.

Specialized Agencies

The United Nations System works toward the availability of coordinated geospatial information and services for effective support to Member States, United Nations operations and mandates on local, national, regional and global challenges, including the Sustainable Development Goals.


The Secretary-General of the United Nations uses geospatial information for decision-making, day-to-day operations, situational awareness, monitoring of global trends and in the context of the peaceful resolution of conflict between countries.

General Public

The Organization aims to avail documents and materials free of charge, including geospatial information and cartographic publications, to Member States, the international community, scholars and the public at large.