Thematic analysis and maps

Thematic and spatial analysis helps us to understand the relationships between seemingly unconnected phenomenon. Using location information, or the where, and a variety of tools, methods, algorithms and data science, thematic and spatial analysis uncovers patterns and trends. This improves predictive modeling and gives us insight into events for better decision-making and action-taking.

Peace operations and special political missions deployment

Deployment maps were institutionalized and standardized in the early 1990s but were available in some missions much earlier, sometimes only as transparent overlays on topographic maps. These thematic maps are some of our most popular products and are routinely referred to during proceedings of the United Nations Security Council. 

Economic Commissions around the World

The Regional Commissions are the regional outposts of the United Nations and represent an integral part of the regional institutional landscape and of the Secretariat. Stationed in five regions of the world, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Western Asia. The regional commissions share the key objectives of aiming to support regional and sub-regional sustainable development by contributing to bridging economic, social and environment gaps, through the Sustainable Development Goals, among their member countries.

Electoral Assistance

Elections are a vital part of democratic processes, including political transitions, implementation of peace agreements and consolidation of democracy. The United Nations plays a major role in providing international assistance to these processes in an objective, impartial, neutral and independent manner, with due respect for sovereignty, while recognizing that the responsibility for organizing elections lies with Member States. Further information is available on electoral assistance. Geospatial information and expertise are often used in the context of the electoral assistance to support electoral logistical planning and announcement of election results.


                   States and Territories that Received United Nations Electoral Assistance 2019

Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights brought human rights into the realm of international law.  Since then, the Organization has diligently protected human rights through legal instruments and on-the-ground activities.  

The United Nations have used cartography and mapping as a tool to communicate on the status of human rights and related violations worldwide. Geospatial information and imagery analysis are increasingly used as tools to collect, document, analyze and visualize evidence to ascertain human rights violations and atrocities.