In August 2018, the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) adopted the Integrated Geospatial Information Framework which was jointly developed by the United Nations Statistics Division and the World Bank under a collaborative arrangement. The United Nations Integrated Geospatial Information Framework (IGIF) 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.

This series of Sub-regional Workshops, an activity under the United Nations Development Account 11th tranche Project, aims to raise and improve awareness, knowledge and understanding, and provide guidance for the implementation of internationally developed, consulted and agreed frameworks, in particular, the overarching and strategic United Nations Integrated Geospatial Information Framework. The sub-regional workshop will address the integrative role of geospatial information, the availability, accessibility and application of geospatial information, and its integration with statistics and other data, inter-alia, the data demands in support of national development priorities and national implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Each sub-regional workshop is a peer-to-peer learning event, offering exchanges and learning opportunities, affording participants from Member States to understand and consider the IGIF as a basis, a reference, and a mechanism for articulating and demonstrating national leadership in integrated geospatial information management, and the capacity to take positive steps.

The IGIF 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, improve and sustain more effective geospatial information management arrangements. The objective of the nine strategic pathways is to guide governments towards implementing integrated geospatial information management in a way that will deliver a vision for sustainable social, economic and environmental development. The IGIF Implementation Guide, the detail document that provides the 'what', the specific guidance, options and actions to be taken in implementing the Framework nationally.

Together with the IGIF, the Global Statistical Geospatial Framework (GSGF) facilitates the integration of statistical and geospatial information, enables a range of data from both the statistical and geospatial communities to be integrated, and through the application of its five principles, permits the integration of geospatial information, statistics and other data to inform and facilitate data-driven decision making in support of national and local development priorities. The Framework for Effective Land Administration (FELA) improves advocacy, promotes coherence of concepts, and translates globally agreed methods and approaches for practical implementation by governments to determine, record and recognize people to land relationships in all its forms for the wellbeing of people, planet, prosperity and peace. Effective land administration provides humanity with better access to and security of land and property rights, and to leaving no one behind.

Sub-regional Workshop on Integrated Geospatial Information Management, Nuku'alofa, Kingdom of Tonga

(hosted by the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources of the Kingdom of Tonga)
  • Concept Note
  • Information Note
  • Provisional Annotated Agenda
  • List of Participants
  • Summary Report

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