We are extending the consultation period for the final 2 chapters only (Strategic Pathway's 3 and 5) to conclude on Friday, 17 July 2020. We would be grateful for your review as appropriate, and strongly encourage the submission of your contributions for the first eight chapters of the Implementation Guide by 26 June 2020, if possible please.

As a small number of chapters of the draft Implementation Guide have not been completed and progressively loaded onto the website in a timely manner as was originally anticipated, the broad global consultation period has now been extended to conclude on 26 June 2020.

At its ninth session in August 2019, the Committee of Experts welcomed the development and refinement of the Implementation Guide of the Integrated Geospatial Information Framework (IGIF) in preparation for subsequent and broader global consultations with Member States and other key stakeholders. The Committee also agreed that the Implementation Guide should be showcased at the Sixth High Level Forum on UN-GGIM, to be held in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, in April 2020.

With the continued support of the World Bank, the Regional Committees of UN-GGIM, and other international partners, over the past year the UN-GGIM Secretariat has initiated an ongoing inclusive global engagement and consultative process through expert workshops and meetings to develop the Implementation Guide constructively with inputs from more than 110 countries. This approach has had the benefit of ensuring that, as a methodological framework, the IGIF and the Implementation Guide is truly 'country owned, and country led'.

After an intense drafting process, the draft Implementation Guide is now ready to undergo its broad global consultation process.

Given the volume of information to be reviewed in the draft Implementation Guide, it was not practical to provide all of the documents via email to stakeholders. Therefore, we have established this dedicated IGIF consultation website for your reference and ease of access. You will observe that the IGIF website contains an Overview as well as Part 1: Overarching Strategic Framework. Part 2: Implementation Guide will take you directly to the documents of the Guide.

On the Part 2: Implementation Guide page, each of the 9 Strategic Pathways are provided as separate chapters with appendices. You will note that these chapters are preceded by an introductory chapter 'Solving the Puzzle', which describes how to understand and use the Implementation Guide.

You will also note that not all chapters of the draft Implementation Guide are available immediately. They are being progressively loaded onto the website as they are completed. For this reason, and given the volume of information required to be reviewed, we are opening the consultation period for 3 months, commencing 2 March 2020 and concluding 29 May 2020.

We now invite you to review and comment on the draft Implementation Guide. Please download each of the chapters of the Implementation Guide, which are in PDF format, and insert your comments and feedback preferably directly into the downloaded documents at the relevant locations using the 'comment' tool.

We suggest that you first read and review Solving the Puzzle, followed by Strategic Pathway 1: Governance and Institutions. This will then provide you with a good understanding of the format, structure and layout of the Guide, which is consistent for all 9 Strategic Pathways.

We would be grateful if you could provide your completed comments and feedback to Ms. Vilma Frani (frani@un.org) by 29 May 2020. Should you require further instructions or need clarification, please feel free to contact us at any time.

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