UNGIWG was formed in 2000 to address common geospatial issues - maps, boundaries, data exchange, standards - that affect the work of UN Organizations and Member States. UNGIWG also works directly with non-governmental organizations, research institutions and industry to develop and maintain common geographic databases and geospatial technologies to enhance normative and operational capabilities. UNGIWG reports periodically to the UN Chief Executive Board (CEB) on progress made and priority issues.
CTBTO Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization ECA United Nations Economic Commission for Africa ECE Economic Commission for Europe ECLAC Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean ESCAP Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific FAO Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations IAEA International Atomic Energy Agency ICAO International Civil Aviation Organization ITU International Telecommunications Union UN-HABITAT United Nations Human Settlements Programme UN/DESA UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs UN/DM UN Department of Management UN/DPA UN Department of Political Affairs UN/DPI UN Department of Public Information UN/DPKO UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations UN/DSS UN Department of Safety and Security UN/OCHA Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs UN/OLA UN Office of Legal Affairs UN/OOSA United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs UN/UNOG United Nations Office at Geneva UNAIDS Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS UNDP United Nations Development Programme UNEP United Nations Environment Programme UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNFPA United Nations Population Fund UNHCR United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNICEF United Nations Children’s Fund UNITAR United Nations Institute for Training and Research UNODC United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes UNOPS United Nations Office for Project Services UNU United Nations University WB World Bank WFP United Nations World Food Programme WHO World Health Organization WMO World Meteorological Organization
Specifically UNGIWG aims to:
Improve the efficient use of geographic information for better decision-making;
Promote standards and norms for maps and other geospatial information;
Develop core geospatial data to avoid duplication;
Build mechanisms for sharing, maintaining and assuring the quality of geographic information;
Provide a forum for discussing common issues and emerging technological advances.