August 8, 2018, Kabul– The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) office in Afghanistan and iMMAP announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aiming at strengthening collaboration in terms of data sharing, reporting as well as greater coordination in terms of geographical data and knowledge management. This partnership also intends to forge improved collaboration with the Afghanistan Central Statistics Organization (CSO) and the newly established National Geographic Information Centre (NGIC).
As urbanization in Afghanistan is growing rapidly, the need for access to reliable data remains essential for policy makers and city leaders for addressing pressing issues in a sustainable and orderly manner. The adoption of a National Urban Priority Programme by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan recognizes the strategic role of planned urbanization in achieving sustainable development, socio-economic development, and job creation.
This MoU will provide a platform for improved data management. UN-Habitat and iMMAP will jointly collaborate in uploading UN-Habitat Afghanistan-produced GIS data for enhancing data sharing and information dissemination with UN-Habitat' partners. Furthermore, iMMAP will create information management products for UN-Habitat Afghanistan, and will work towards increasing UN-Habitat Afghanistan technical knowledge by delivering capacity building activities such as training on information management, in particular on iMMAP information management solutions relating to GIS and reporting activities.
This partnership aims at enhancing UN-Habitat’s support to the government of Afghanistan in achieving inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities as enshrined Agenda 2030 and the New Urban Agenda. This agreement inheres within iMMAP Afghanistan ongoing efforts in supporting humanitarian and development stakeholders, such as UN agencies, NGOs, and Government Bodies.
UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities. Headquartered in Kenya, UN-Habitat is the focal point for all urbanization and human settlement matters within the UN system.
iMMAP is an international not-for-profit organization that provides professional information management services in humanitarian and development settings. For over 17 years, iMMAP’s services have facilitated informed and effective disaster risk management, emergency response and development activities by enabling evidence-based decision-making for cluster/sector leads, critical NGO and government operations. iMMAP is headquartered in Washington, DC.
iMMAP’s goal is to alleviate the suffering of victims of natural disasters and armed conflicts by providing the humanitarian community with a decision-making service through the provision of recent, reliable and appropriate geographical and strategic information. iMMAP also aims to provide an information management service for development assistance, sustainable development, and environmental protection.
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