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United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management for Africa


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.
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