The United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) is a formal mechanism, establishing a formal mechanism to coordinate geoinformation activities involving member States as the key players.
In August 2011, an African GGIM Preparatory meeting recommended African Member States, the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Union Commission (AUC) to implement a continental framework toward the active participation of African countries in the UN-GGIM initiative.
The third session of the Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology meeting (CODIST), convened on 13th March 2013, resolved that the oversight and supervisory functions of the CODIST geoinformation subcommittee (CODIST-Geo) be transferred to an equivalent subcommittee of StatCom Africa with the name of UN-GGIM: Africa.
It is against this background that ECA organized an inception meeting in Tunisia in December 2014 on UN-GGIM in Africa, in parallel with StatCom, to:
- Discuss the critical aspects and agree on a basic set of concepts, practices, standards and guidelines for establishing an African regional entity of UN-GGIM.
- Create a road map outlining an action framework of related responsibilities, timescales and costs.
- Report of the Third Regional Committee Meeting, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 22-23 November 2017
- Report of the Second Regional Committee Meeting, Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, 30 November - 2 December 2016
- Report of the First Regional Committee Meeting, Nairobi, Kenya, 23-25 November 2015
- Inception Meeting, Tunis, Tunisia, 10-12 December 2014 - Report
- African Geodetic Reference Frame - Report
- The African Action Plan on Global Geospatial Information Management
- UN-GGIM: Africa: Road map for implementation: Foundational principles
- The African Geospatial Statistical Framework for the integration of geospatial and statistical information