This is the second in a series of regional/sub-regional peer-to-peer learning events on Legal and Policy Frameworks for Geospatial Information Management organized by the Secretariat for UN-GGIM, United Nations Statistics Division. This series of peer-to-peer learning events is a response to the decision by the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) for the development of mechanisms for Member States to develop capacity to address the legal and policy matters that have an impact on the collection, dissemination and application of geospatial information.

The goal of this International Workshop is to:

  • (i) make both providers and consumers of geospatial information at the national and local levels better aware and informed on how a country's legal and policy framework impacts geospatial information management,
  • (ii) improve the capacity of Member States in addressing legal and policy considerations in geospatial information management to improve data sharing and dissemination, and
  • (iii) increase the availability, accessibility and application of geospatial information.

This four-day workshop aims to raise awareness, introduce and inform participants from Small Island Developing States in the Pacific on concepts and practical approaches which the participants should find helpful in their normal work. This International Workshop is organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources of Tonga, and supported by the Secretariat of the Regional Committee of United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management for Asia and the Pacific (UN-GGIM-AP).


The objectives of the International Workshop are -

  • (a) To raise awareness on how an evolving legal and regulatory environment concerning geospatial information will impact the availability, accessibility and application of geospatial information;
  • (b) To afford professionals within the geospatial information community who do not have legal training a better understanding of legal and policy considerations concerning geospatial information management and the sharing and dissemination of geospatial information; and
  • (c) To discuss the purpose and usefulness of a geospatial information licensing arrangement, and the role of the licence that is relevant in national contexts.


Participation is solely by invitation only. Participants are expected to be directors or senior officials from national ministries or agencies having responsibilities for geospatial information management, surveying and mapping. Participants are senior officials who need to address legal and policy issues to improve the sharing and dissemination of geospatial information, and thus the availability, accessibility and application of geospatial information.

Documentation for the International Workshop

  • Concept Note
  • Information Note (forthcoming)
  • Provisional Programme (forthcoming)
  • List of Participants (forthcoming)


  • Opening Statement (forthcoming)
  • Summary Statement (forthcoming)

Reference Materials

Presentations (forthcoming)

Annual sessions


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