Geospatial information is presented in many forms and mediums and provides the integrative platform for all digital data that has a location dimension to it. All countries and all sectors have a need for geospatial information for national development, policy and decision-making, and to achieve sustainable social and economic development. Collaborative information systems that are comprehensive, coordinated and integrated, underpinned by geospatial information technologies and applications, are providing the evidence on 'where' people interact with their place, cities and environment, and to deliver timely and reliable information necessary for citizens, organizations and governments to build accountable actions and evidenced-based decisions.
The 2019 Sustainable Development Goals Report highlights that a much deeper, faster and more ambitious response is needed to unleash the social and economic transformation needed to achieve the SDGs, and that "quality data are vital for governments, development partners, international organizations, civil society, the private sector and the general public to make informed decisions and to ensure an accurate review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda".
In August 2018, the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) adopted the Integrated Geospatial Information Framework (IGIF) that 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 strategic geospatial information concepts to practical implementation guidance and action for use by Member States. It 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.
A series of international workshop and seminar on operationalizing the Integrated Geospatial Information Framework are being organized by the United Nations Secretariat for Global Geospatial Information Management.
First International Workshop and Seminar on Operationalizing the Integrated Geospatial Information Framework, Santiago, Chile
(hosted by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean)
Second International Workshop and Seminar on Operationalizing the Integrated Geospatial Information Framework, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
(hosted by the Economic Commission for Africa)
Third International Workshop on Operationalizing the Integrated Geospatial Information Framework, Minsk, Belarus
United Nations Trust Fund for Peace and Development
This series of international workshops and seminars is an activity under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Sub-fund Project "Strengthening National Geospatial Information Management Capacities towards Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development". 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 workshops and seminars contributes to raising and improving awareness, sharing knowledge and understanding of the IGIF, and to introduce, inform and work through with participants the implementation guidance and recommended actions, allowing each country to own, design, implement, manage and sustain their own Integrated Geospatial Information Management Strategy through its own Country-level Action Plan. The approach is practical and innovative where existing institutional capacity and capabilities are recognized, and where capacity and capability development commence with the very first task. In the process, it strengthens existing capacities and capabilities, favors sustainable improvement, and institutionalizes these capacities and improvements.
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.