The SALB programme wishes to thank all its partners including National Geospatial Information Authorities, Regional partners, United Nations entities, Institutions, Commissions, Committees or Networks for their contributions including technical guidance, multi-lateral cooperation, resources, advocacy and outreach. The SALB programme would not be possible without them.

Regional partners

The SALB programme relies on regional partners who play a crucial role at all stage of the process describded under the methodology of the programme, by providing advocacy and technical support in close cooperation with the National Geospatial Information Authorities responsible for administrative units and boundaries.

The current regional partners are:

Africa: Economic Commission for Africa of the United Nations, Geo-information Systems Section

Asia & Pacific: To be determined
Americas: Instituto Panamericano de Geografía e Historia (IPGH)
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Arab States: To be determined
For Europe: EuroGeographics

National Geospatial Information Authorities

The National Geospatial Information Authorities are at the core of the SALB programme as they are recognized as the authoritative source of information on administrative units and boundaries. All the information and data shared through the SALB website are validated by the National Mapping Agencies.

Please refer to the Data section of the website to find contact information of the National Geospatial Information Authorities.

Network of agencies, sponsors and partners

SALB has been supported by over 50 institutions since its launch including:

  • The United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN);
  • Global and Regional Committees/initiatives such as the International Steering Committee for Global Mapping (ISCGM), the Permanent Committee on Spatial Data Infrastructure for the Americas (PC-IDEA), the Permanent Committee on GIS Infrastructure for Asia & the Pacific (PCGIAP) and the Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology (CODIST).
  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation;
  • Non-governmental organizations such as the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
  • Governmental institutions such as the U.S. State Department
  • Other academic institutions such as Columbia or Yale University


Workshop for national capacity development for geospatial information actors in Mali
23 Sep 2022

Through its SALB Programme, the UN Geospatial Information Section led the delivery of a week-long national capacity workshop in Bamako, Mali, from 12 to 16 September, in close cooperation with the Institut Géographique du Mali. The workshop aimed at strengthening the national geospatial information actors in Mali and included contributions from the GRID3 programme, the Economic Commission for Africa, Statistics Division, Global Service Centre, GIS MINUSMA, and other partners, through support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

SALB support participation to the UN-GGIM Africa and Africa GIS conference 2021
30 Nov 2021

The Regional Committee of the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management in Africa (UN-GGIM Africa) was held in-person in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) alongside the 13th edition of Africa GIS 2021 conference. The conference was an opportunity to resume of in person activities and events in Africa for then geospatial information and Earth observation professionals and, as customarily brought national delegates, professors, researchers, investors, businesses and practitioners from national, regional and international organizations.

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