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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Mr. 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

Work Programme :

UN-GGIM stakeholders (representatives of national mapping agencies, national DDRM bodies, academia, private sector and the UN system) are invited to complete the following two questionnaires. This exercise is in keeping with decision 11/108 from the eleventh session of the Committee of Experts that supported the development of a global disaster risk reduction inventory on organizations, services and platforms. The data collected from the questionnaires will be collated and used to populate an inventory hub accessible on the WG-Disaster's webpage. The deadline to complete both questionnaires is 13 May 2022.

Member States

  • Bhutan
  • Chile
  • China
  • Fiji
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Mongolia
  • Mozambique
  • New Zealand
  • Philippines
  • Republic of Korea
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Afria
  • Sri Lanka
  • Timor-Leste
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • United States of America

UN Bodies and Agencies

  • UN-Geospatial Network
  • WMO

Non-Government Organizations

  • Group on Earth Observations
  • MapAction
  • Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency
  • Humanitarian OpenStreet Map (HOT)

UN-GGIM Academic Network

  • Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping (CASM)
  • Milan Polytechnic University
  • Toronto Metropolitan University

UN-GGIM Private Sector Network

  • GeoThings Inc.
  • Esri
  • Korea Land and Geospatial Informatix Corp.
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, Summits, Forums, Seminars and Workshops
  • Geospatial Capacity Development Conference on GNSS applications and DRR, 17 - 20 January 2022 (virtual meeting)
    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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