Successful Ninth session of the UN-GGIM

Mathias Jonas, IHO; Agneta Engberg, ISO/TC 211; Mark Reichardt, OGC; and Chris Body, ISO/TC 211, at the UN-GGIM session in New York in August 2019.

The following UN-GGIM summary was jointly prepared by ISO/TC 211 Agneta Engberg, IHO Mathias Jonas and OGC Mark Reichardt. 

The 9th session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) was held at the UN headquarters in New York on the 7th-9th of August. ISO/TC 211, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), and the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) participate jointly as Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) supporting the Committee. Led by United Nations Member States, UN-GGIM aims to address global challenges regarding the use of geospatial information. Much focus is now on developing an Integrated Geospatial Information Framework (IGIF) that Member States can use to develop and enhance their own geospatial management, capabilities, and programs.

Standards organizations work jointly in support of UN-GGIM goals

The work program of the Expert Committee covers a range of important global and regional topics, such as geodetic reference frames, integration of geospatial and statistical data, land administration, marine information, legal and policy frameworks, sustainable development, and disaster management. In addition to the Member States, representatives from academia and the private sector are also engaged with the Committee and are advancing geospatial information management across all of these topics. In addition to participating directly in the work of the Committee, ISO/TC 211, OGC, and IHO jointly provide support to all of these areas by developing, testing, and piloting open international consensus-based standards and community best practices.

By all accounts, the 9th UN-GGIM Expert Committee session was successful, with several decisions to promote the Sustainable Development Goal approach of the United Nations through the smart use of geospatial information. The interaction and collaboration between the SDOs was well received by Committee members for their substantial support to the UN-GGIM and its Secretariat.

Capacity building and outreach

The SDOs are committed to jointly plan and follow up important activities in supporting the UN-GGIM, including capacity building and outreach. In addition to maintaining a key UN-GGIM Guide to Standards for Geospatial Information Management developed by ISO/TC 211, OGC, and IHO, an urgent near-term action is the SDO’s contribution to the Integrated Geospatial Information Framework (IGIF). This high-level document aims to address all aspects of global, regional, and national approaches to make administrative, scientific, and commercial geospatial (location) information productive according to UN-GGIM aspirations. The next UN-GGIM High Level Forum will convene in the United Kingdom in April 2020. This is an open event, and a significant opportunity for SDO members to participate.


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GGIM on ISO/TC 211 website:

6th High level forum April 20-22, 2020: