The Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) as per its terms of reference (Annexed to the Economic and Social Council resolution 2011/24 of 27 July 2011) is mandated to provide a forum for coordination and dialogue among Member States, and between Member States and relevant international organizations on enhanced cooperation in the field of global geospatial information. Given this mandate and noting that the 2030 Agenda calls for stronger public-private partnerships in order for new data sources and technologies to be harnessed, the Committee at its 6th Session in August 2016, adopted decision 6/101 agreed to the establishment of the Academic Network and the Private Sector Network. This aids in the recognition of the valuable contributions, to the work, growth and development of the Committee and the commitment to Member States provided by international organisations, academia and the private sector. These networks are augmented by the Geospatial Societies and United Nations System Network, as the means for the Committee to collaborate and inform on geospatial information within the international geospatial information organisations and the United Nations system respectively.

The UN-GGIM Geospatial Societies is a coalition of the Presidents, Secretaries-General or equivalent office bearers or their nominees that lead recognized international organizations involved in the coordination, development, management, standardization or regulation of geospatial information and related matters.

Executive Body

  • Chair:
    • Céline Rozenblat, Vice President, International Geographical Union
  • Members:
    • Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (IEEE-GRSS)
      International Association of Geodesy (IAG)
      International Cartographic Association (ICA)
      International Federation of Surveyors (FIG)
      International Geographical Union (IGU)
      International Map Industry Association (IMIA)
      International Science Council CODATA
      International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE)
      International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS)
      International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG)
      Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGEO)


    The UN-GGIM Academic Network is a coalition of recognized universities and research and education centers involved in research, development and education on geospatial, land information and related matters, run on a volunteer basis. Its primary objective is to support the aims and objectives of Committee of Experts by facilitating access globally to research and education capabilities for UN-GGIM and its affiliated members in order to identify and respond to challenges and opportunities for UN-GGIM and related UN offices.

    The UN-GGIM Academic Network aims to assist with the development and management of global geospatial information and promote its use to address key global challenges. We encourage universities, academic institutions or research centers with geospatial information research and/or education to join the UN-GGIM Academic Network. For more information regarding membership requirements please review the UN-GGIM Academic Network's Terms of Reference (ToR) available on the website:

    Executive Body

  • Chair:
    • Maria Antonia Brovelli, Politecnico di Milano
  • Deputy Chair:
    • Songnian Li, Toronto Metropolitan University
  • Secretary:
    • Ivana Ivánová, Curtin University
  • Advisory Board:
    • Christy Claudill, Carleton University
      Georg Gartner, Vienna University of Technology
      Saied Pirasteh, Shaoxing University
      Chryssy Potsiou, National Technical University of Athens
      Abbas Rajabifard, University of Melbourne
      Michael Starek, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
  • Chair of UNGGIM-AN Regional Bodies:
    • Africa - Serena Coetzee, University of Pretoria
      Americas - Rosario Casanova, University of the Republic
      Asia-Pacific - Huayi Wu, Wuhan University
      Europe - Joep Crompvoet, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven)

    How to join?
    For more information on how to join the UN-GGIM Academic Network please visit the website:


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    The UN-GGIM Private Sector Network (PSN) is intended to facilitate a direct connection and communication for the private sector to work with Member States towards achieving success in global geospatial initiatives. The PSN shall facilitate an ongoing dialogue for collaboration between and amongst members of UN-GGIM and participants of the PSN to develop, build and extend the world's capacity to benefit from geospatial information, enabling countries to build capacity in geospatial information, technologies and services.

    Private Sector Network Board

  • Chair:
    • Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse, AAM
  • Deputy Chair:
    • Valrie Grant, GeoTechVision
  • UN-GGIM PSN Secretary:
    • Peter Ter Haar, Ter Haar Geoinnovation
  • Board Members
    • Nadine Alameh, Open Geospatial Consortium
      Devleena Bhattacharjee, Numer8 Analytics Pvt. Ltd
      Anamika Das, Geospatial World
      Willy Govender, Terra Analytics
      Kumar Navulur, Maxar Technologies
      Saad Alhamlan, Gravity Consulting Services
      Kamal Ben Addou Idrissi, ETAFAT
      Peter Baumann, Rasdaman GmbH
      Felix Orina, Orbital Africa
  • Secretariat
    • Shivangi Somvanshi, Geospatial World


    The United Nations Geospatial Network is a coalition of entities within the United Nations System which engage in geospatial information management activities. 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. The Network is composed of designated representatives, nominated by United Nations system entities. Representatives are to be considered as the most senior geospatial professional within their entity and are supported by a nominated alternate representative.

    The latest composition of the United Nations Geospatial Network and its Terms of Reference (in Annex) are presented in the Report on the Contribution of thematic networks to the global geospatial information agenda, E/C.20/2023/7/Add.1. For further information on the UN Geospatial Network's activities, please visit its website.

  • Chair:
    • Alexandre Caldas, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Vice Chairs:
    • Amelie Gagnon, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
      Ravi Shankar Santhana Gopala Krishnan, World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Steering Group
  • United Nations Secretariat, departments and offices
    • Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA)
  • Regional Commissions
    • Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
  • Funds, Programmes, research and others
    • United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
      World Food Programme (WFP)
  • Specialised Agencies and related organizations
    • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
      International Office for Migration (IOM)
      International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
      World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

  • Annual sessions


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