Guidelines, Styles, Templates, Symbology

The task group collects documentation that cover GIS and mapping standards such as style guides, map templates, symbology as well as production guidelines from various GIS and mapping professionals. Your contribution is very important. Share your document by submitting them to Please, refer the accessibility level, whether you would like to share to everyone or to the United Nations only. Please log in to download files. The accessibility will depend on your organization type.


Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

  • CHA Field Map Guideline (2008) download PDF
  • Humanitarian Symbol Set (2008) download PDF (91 Kb), Font for PC (68 Kb)
  • ReliefWeb Map Style Guide (2009) download PDF (494 Kb) Contact:

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

  • UNHCR Symbol Set (2009) download XLS (247 Kb), Font for PC (17 Kb) Contact:

Department of Economic and Social Affairs Statistics Division (DESA)

  • Handbook on geographic information systems and digital mapping (2000) download PDF (4.2 Mb)


Map Action

MapAction Field Guide to Humanitarian Mapping (2009) - 3MB download PDF (3 Mb) Contact: Nigel Woof,


Weather icons from various press websites