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Interactive Panel and Workshop: Mapping Resilient Societies

This partnered event between UN Mappers and IAYG will focus on understanding the role of geographic & geospatial activities on supporting peacebuilding, resilience, and development for stronger and safer communities. We will begin with a short panel discussion and Q&A on the importance of mapping and its relationship with the work that communities, governments, and the UN do. Afterward, participants will be guided through a presentation introducing the work of UN Mappers and how anyone can support the UN’s mission through open-source mapping.


3:00-3:30: Panel discussion and Q&A

Mr. Michael Montani, UN Mappers

Mr. Rafael Ávila Coya, UN Mappers

Mr. Japhet Habinshuti, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Kigali

Moderated by [TBD], IAYG

The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions during this period.

3:30-4:30: Workshop on Mapping for Peace with UN Mappers

Mr. Michael Montani, UN Mappers

In modern Geographic Information Systems (GIS) times, Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) surely covers an important role. Especially in the last ten years, having as milestone Haiti’s Earthquake in 2010, OpenStreetMap and crowdsourcing made the difference in supporting rescuers in natural disasters and humanitarian catastrophes. United Nations decided to follow this approach with topographic mapping for UN Peacekeeping Missions, letting every volunteer in the world to bring her/his help to serve humanity and support peace in many African countries.


  • Introduction to OpenStreetMap, the free, open, map of the World.
  • Introduction to UN Mappers activities and mapping in support of UN Peacekeeping Missions.
  • Practical example of volunteered geographic contribution.

Follow-up materials and links.

The audience will be able to ask for questions / clarifications at some points of the presentation.

Registration Form:

Registration optional for Youth SDGs Summit attendees


Sonnet Salice (Local)

Project Lead in Thiruvananthapuram

[email protected]


Monica May Mendoza (International)

Director, Communications and Public Affairs



  • Virtual (this event will be recorded)
  • Open to all attendees of African Youth SDG Summit (free)
  • Date & Time: 4 November 2020, 3:00 GMT