The Regional Committee of United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management for Asia and the Pacific (UN-GGIM-AP) is one of the five regional committees of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM). It was initially established in 1995 as the Permanent Committee on GIS Infrastructure for Asia and the Pacific (PCGIAP) in accordance with the resolution adopted at the Thirteenth UN Regional Cartographic Conference for Asia and the Pacific in 1994, and rebranded as UN-GGIM-AP in 2012, subsequent to the establishment of UN-GGIM in 2011.
As the representing body of the National Geospatial Information Authority of 56 countries in Asia and the Pacific region, the UN-GGIM-AP aims to promote the use of geospatial information for identifying problems and finding solutions, so that the economic, social and environmental benefits of geospatial information will be maximized in Asia and the Pacific region.
The Economic and Social Council adopted the resolution “Strengthening institutional arrangements on geospatial information management” at its 48th plenary meeting on 27 July 2016. The resolution requests, the regional commissions of the United Nations shall provide relevant support to the work of the regional bodies of the UN-GGIM and the outcomes and benefits of the activities of those bodies shall be equally disseminated to all member States in each region.
To implement this resolution, ESCAP has taken over the secretariat of UN-GGIM-AP since November 2018, in order to strengthen the capacity of the member States in geospatial information management and to facilitate the dissemination of the outcomes and benefits of the activities of the Committee to the member States in the region.