Established by

Chief Executives Board for Coordination


ICT / Information Management

Year established



Andre Dehondt (Mr.) and Luc St-Pierre (Mr.)

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.

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.

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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