The UN Geospatial Network is a coalition of entities within the United Nations System that engage in geospatial information management. The Network’s mission is to strengthen the coordination and coherence of geospatial information management within the United Nations system, including its overarching trends, technology, practices, data, needs, capacity building, and partnerships, ultimately to promote synergies and enable the United Nations system to “Deliver as One.” The Network is represented by the senior-most professionals working in the field of geospatial information management, led by a Chair, two Vice-Chairs and a Steering Group.
The United Nations Geospatial Network was established by the Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) by its decision 7/115 made at its seventh session in 2017; its Terms of Reference were endorsed at its eighth session in 2018 by its decision 8/115; and, the composition and activities of the Network were agreed during the ninth session of UN-GGIM in August 2019 by its decision 9/102.
The Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM)
The UN Geospatial Network was established by the Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM in 2017, as the means for the Committee to collaborate and inform on geospatial information within the United Nations system.
ECOSOC established the Committee of Experts as the apex intergovernmental mechanism for making joint decisions and setting directions with regard to the production, availability and use of geospatial information within national, regional and global policy frameworks. Led by United Nations Member States, UN-GGIM aims to address global challenges regarding the use of geospatial information, including in the development agendas, and to serve as a body for global policymaking in the field of geospatial information management.
Further information on the work of UN-GGIM is available at http://ggim.un.org/
In 2020, during the tenth session of UN-GGIM, the Committee of Experts “commended the United Nations Geospatial Network for their extensive work in the preparation and completion of the Blueprint Geospatial for a Better World: Transforming the Lives of People, Places and Planet and its companion document Blueprint Geospatial Landscape of the United Nations system which present respectively the strategic design and activities that will guide the future work and activities of the Geospatial Network and a review of the current status of the geospatial landscape in the United Nations system.
The realization of the objectives of the Network through the Blueprint is structured in the three strategic objectives, seven transformation pathways and detailed through 50 activities. The Blueprint is guided by the Integrated Geospatial Information (IGIF), the Data Strategy of the Secretary-General, the Secretary-General’s Strategy on New Technologies and the Workplan of the Network.
News and Events
Joint Workshop on the Integration between Geospatial and Statistical Information
The UN Geospatial Network and the Committee for Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA) organised a Joint Workshop on the Integration between Geospatial and Statistical Information in International Organisations and Member States in April-May 2021. The workshop gave members of the organising networks the opportunity to present and share best practises, lessons learnt and transferable skills among international organisations on the following themes: 1) production of statistics and geospatial information through integrated methodologies and enabling technologies, 2) visualisation and dissemination of geospatial information and statistics, and 3) technical assistance and capacity building delivered to Member States to improve integration between national statistics and geospatial information.
The discussions and topics emerging in the four virtual sessions highlighted the relevance of integrating statistics and geospatial information and enabling technologies, as well as a great potential for using synergies and fostering cooperation between the two communities. The key outcomes include pursuing a common vision and joint plan of action, fostering cooperation by establishing a community in practise, implementing interagency projects and producing joint publications, fostering data sharing and interoperability, building trust and capacity, and advocacy. The final report presents the key outcomes, a summary of each session and a detailed agenda of the workshop.