In August 2018, the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) adopted the Integrated Geospatial Information Framework (IGIF), which was jointly developed by the United Nations Statistics Division and the World Bank under a collaborative arrangement. The IGIF comprises three separate but connected documents. The Overarching Strategic Framework has been completed and adopted by UN-GGIM at its eighth session in August 2018.
The Integrated Geospatial Information Framework provides a basis, a reference and a mechanism for countries when establishing or strengthening their national geospatial information management arrangements and related infrastructures, or to coordinate activities to achieve alignment between and across existing national capabilities and infrastructures. The Framework aims to translate high-level concepts to practical implementation guidance and does this by leveraging seven (7) underpinning principles, eight (8) goals and nine (9) strategic pathways as a means for governments to establish and maintain more effective geospatial information management arrangements. The Implementation Guide will provide the specific guidance and recommends actions to be taken by Member States to establish, improve or strengthen their national arrangements in geospatial information management, systems and infrastructure.
Four Expert Consultations and Meetings (expert consultative meetings) were convened by the UN Secretariat for Global Geospatial Information Management on the Development of the Implementation Guide:
First Expert Consultations and Meetings on the Development of the Implementation Guide of the Integrated Geospatial Information Framework, Washington D.C. USA
(hosted by the World Bank)
Second Expert Consultations and Meetings on the Development of the Implementation Guide of the Integrated Geospatial Information Framework, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
(hosted by the Economic Commission for Africa and supported by UN-GGIM: Africa and UN-GGIM: Arab States)
Third Expert Consultations and Meetings on the Development of the Implementation Guide of the Integrated Geospatial Information Framework, Brussels, Belgium
(hosted by UN-GGIM: Europe and supported by EuroStat, European Commission and EuroGeographics)
Fourth Expert Consultations and Meetings on the Development of the Implementation Guide of the Integrated Geospatial Information Framework, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
(hosted by Department of Survey and Mapping, Ministry of Water, Lands and Natural Resources Malaysia and supported by UN-GGIM: Asia and the Pacific)
United Nations Trust Fund for Peace and Development
This series of expert consultative meetings is an activity under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Sub-fund Project â€œStrengthening National Geospatial Information Management Capacities towards Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Developmentâ€. This is a Sub-fund of the United Nations Trust Fund for Peace and Development. The Trust Fund was established in 2016, following the pledge by the Government of the People's Republic of China to contribute to the United Nations over a ten-year period with the aim to work together to achieve the goals of the Charter of the United Nations through implementation of innovative, forward-looking and pro-active projects and activities financed by the Trust Fund.
These programmed consultations and meetings contributed to the development and readying the draft Implementation Guide of the Integrated Geospatial Information Framework for the ninth session of UN-GGIM and subsequent global consultation with Member States and related stakeholders. The expert consultative meetings were highly participatory and interactive. Invited expert representatives from Member States and related stakeholders consulted and considered, discussed and debated, reviewed and refined the implementation guidance, worked together towards readying the draft Implementation Guide.
In line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Sub-fund Project, the IGIF focuses on establishing, improving and strengthening national geospatial information management, systems and infrastructure, capacities and capabilities towards achieving national strategic and development priorities and national implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, and to leave no one behind in a world free of want and fear.