The United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) initiative has been established to create a formal geospatial information coordination mechanism involving Member States as the key stakeholders. To date, regional entities supplying geospatial information at the global level have been initiated for all populated areas except Africa. The global community has clearly stipulated the need to support developing countries, mainly member states of UN-GGIM: Africa, in building their capacity in the production and dissemination of reliable and timely geospatial information.
Geospatial information is a means to track, monitor and analyse any occurrence that has a location or temporal element, as well as be future-relevant, creating models and analysis of potential consequences from future policy and events. The creation of UN-GGIM: Africa will build on the important efforts of CODIST-Geo, while concurrently enriching the development and transparency of individual nations and Africa as a whole. The UN-GGIM aims to further efforts to continue to lessen the gap between the developed and developing countries so that “No one is left behind”, and ultimately benefit the African people through, among other things, better health care, infrastructure development and improved education.