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What We Do

Through the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and satellite imagery, UNOSAT provides timely and high-quality geo-spatial information to UN decision makers, member states, international organizations and non-governmental organizations. UNOSAT develops solutions on integrating field collected data with remote sensing imagery and GIS data through web-mapping and information sharing mechanisms, including remote monitoring of development projects and sharing of geographic data using web-services.

Our mission is to deliver integrated satellite-based solutions for human security, peace and socio-economic development, in keeping with the mandate given to UNITAR by the UN General Assembly since 1963.

Our goal is to make satellite solutions and geographic information easily accessible to the UN family and to experts worldwide who work at reducing the impact of crises and disasters and help nations plan for sustainable development.

UNOSAT team with the Secretary General

The UNOSAT core team consists of satellite imagery analysts and GIS experts supported by IT and database engineers as well as UN field workers and expert trainers. This unique combination gives us the ability to understand the needs of our users and to provide them with suitable, tailored solutions anywhere at any time.

UNOSAT created an extended network of public and private partners, and collaborates with the majority of UN agencies, space agencies and several international initiatives active in satellite technology geospatial information. Our strategic partnership with CERN, where UNOSAT prodcution centre is located, gives the Programme edge computing capability and virtually unlimited storage capacity.

UNOSAT uses specialized skills to perform satellite analysis, design integrated solutions in GIS and geopositioning, develop the capacity of agencies and recipient counties via training and technical assistance. UNOSAT work is entirely based on a professional commitment to producing concrete, tangible and usable results in every activity we undertake.

UNOSAT is designed to produce concrete output for identified users and beneficiaries by turning technology into concrete and usable applications in three main user systems:

Humanitarian Relief and Coordination

  • Crisis & Situational Mapping
  • Damage and Impact Assessment

Human Security and Humanitarian Law

  • Application of International Humanitarian Law
  • Safety and Security
  • Human Rights

Territorial Planning and Monitoring

  • Capacity Development & Technical Assistance
  • In-country Project Development & Implementation

Photo credit UNITAR/UNOSAT, Cedric Serbat