The working group was established under decision 5/110 at the fifth session of the Committee of Experts in August 2015 with the mandate to develop and implement a strategic framework that brings all stakeholders and partners involved in Disaster Risk Reduction and/or Emergency Management together to ensure that quality geospatial information and services are available and accessible in a timely and coordinated way to support decision-making and operations within and across all sectors and phases of disaster risk management.


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Ms. Michelle Edwards
Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management

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Dr. Shoichi Oki
Geospatial Information Authority of Japan

Major achievements of the Working Group 2015-2019 :

The Strategic Framework on Geospatial Information and Services for Disasters was adopted by the UN Economic and Social Council in July 2018 under resolution 2018/14 ( available in all 6 languages, see below, Documents then 2018)
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The Strategic Framework on Geospatial Information and Services for Disasters was adopted by the UN Economic and Social Council in July 2018 under resolution 2018/14

Member States

  • Algeria
  • Armenia
  • Burkina Faso
  • Canada
  • China
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Sint Maarten
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sweden
  • Timor-Leste
  • Tonga
  • United States of America

Non-Member State

  • State of Palestine


  • International Hydrographic Organization

United Nations Geospatial Network

  • WMO

Non-Government Organizations

  • Group on Earth Observations
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • MapAction
  • Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency
  • Humanitarian OpenStreet Map (HOT)
  • Pacific Disaster Centre

UN-GGIM Academic Network

  • Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU)
  • CIESIN, Columbia University
  • Milan Polytechnic University
  • Jeju National University, South Korea
  • The University of Melbourne, Australia

UN-GGIM Private Sector Network

  • GeoThings Inc.
  • Esri
Task Groups
  • Group A
  • Japan, Jamaica, New Zealand, ESRI, UN-GGIM Academic Network

  • Group B
  • China, Japan, Sweden, Uzbekistan, UNESCAP, UNITAR-UNOSAT, GEO DRR WG, CEOS WG Disaster, MapAction, GeoThings, CSIRO

  • Group C
  • Jamaica, Japan, UN-GGIM Academic Network, CIESIN, CEOS WG Disaster

  • Group D
  • New Zealand, Japan, Mozambique, Philippines, Poland, Thailand, UNESCAP, GEO, GeoThings
  • Collaborative Meetings
  • Participation in CARIGEO Geoportal Webinar #2 on Disasters, 22 June 2021 Participation in GEO Virtual Symposium, 22 June 2021 Participation in CEOS WG Disasters Telecon-29 Meeting, 3 June 2021 Participation in CEOS WG Disasters Meeting March 2021 Participation in 6th Regional UN-GGIM Africa Meeting, 1 December 2020 Participation in 7th Session UN-GGIM Americas, 10 September 2020 Participation in the Americas Symposium, 8 September 2020 Participation in CEOS WGDisasters 14 Meeting, 1 September 2020 Participation in UN-GGIM Americas and ECLAC webinar, 4 August 2020
  • Working Group Meetings
  • Working Group Meeting 16 June 2021
    Working Group meeting during the Ninth UN-GGIM session in New York 5 August 2019
    Working Group meeting during the Fourth UN-GGIM High-Level Forum in Addis Ababa (18-22 April 2016)

  • Conferences and Summits
  • Virtual Geospatial Summit 2020, GIS Response to COVID-19, 8 April 2020
    UN-GGIM WG-Disasters Conference 2020, Tokyo, Japan, 25 - 27 February 2020 (Postponed until further notice)
    UN-GGIM International Forum on Geospatial Information & Services for Disasters Bridgetown, Barbados on 4-5 and 8 September 2016
    World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul (23-24 May 2016)

    Annual sessions


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