Secretariat services

Geospatial services

Geospatial services provided to the Secretariat, and upon request to Agencies, Funds and Programmes, include:

Cartography and geovisualization
Mapping and custom cartographic services are provided for official publications, online web-maps, custom thematic cartography, wall displays, professional topographic line maps, map series , treaty maps, custom iconography, data geovisualization and dashboards. Consult our current general map collection or thematic products..

Geodata management
Management and architecture of geospatial databases services include the collection, creation, design, modelling, hosting, production, processing and sharing of geospatial data components for the effective publications of routing, navigation and search functionalities.

Earth observation and imagery
Acquisition and use of earth observation data and imagery services relate to the collection, purchasing, processing, analysis, enhancements and dissemination of remotely sensed data for enhances awareness, situation monitoring and analysis, Earth observation is used to support the delivery and monitoring of the mandates of the United Nations..

Advanced analytics and intelligence
Advanced analytics and geospatial intelligence services use latest tools and technics including traditional imagery interpretation, change detection, machine learning and artificial intelligence for deriving information for decision-making.

Geo-webservices and mobile solutions
The development and provision of geo-webservices and mobile solutions services include the maintenance of server platforms, preparation of web-services, development of applications, customization of online tools for user interface, the management of content privileges and security of applications..

Geospatial guidance and secretariat
Geospatial guidance and secretariat services include the implementation of policies on geospatial and cartographic matters for the Secretariat (see Guidelines for the Publication of Maps), map permissions authorization (see Map permissions), and Co-Secretariat services to UN-GGIM. 

How geospatial is used to support the mandates of the United Nations

  • Peace Operations consult map during patrol in the Golan Heights
  • Earth observation plays a critical role to evaluate, monitor and assess disasters impact and deliver Humanitarian aid
  • Tactical analysis of the attack over Mosul by the Iraq Special Forces against the Islamic State
  • Location information is a foundation of elections and in understanding election results and the political landscape of a country
  • Pollution index analysis is used in Peace Operations to reduce environmental impact to contribute to “Greening the Blue”
  • Capacity building and training on the use of Global Positioning System
  • Imagery and analysis enable to monitor and assess disaster impact to infrastructure
  • Public health is the first use of geospatial information to analyze and understand the spread of diseases
  • Cartography helps visualize and monitor Sustainable Development Goals
  • Evidence-based geospatial information and technology enables to observe and monitor changes to fragile sea and land ecosystems