The Global Geoparks Network (GGN) is a legally constituted non-for-profit global organisation that provides a platform for cooperation between Geoparks. It brings together government agencies, NGOs, scientists and communities around the world in a unique worldwide partnership and operates under the regulations of UNESCO.
The Global Geoparks Network provides a platform for cooperation and exchanges between experts and professionals in the field of geological heritage worldwide. It is also a tool to develop best practices models to incorportae them into sustainable local economic strategies.
The Global Network of National Geoparks operates in close synergy with other figures from UNESCO, such as World Heritage Sites (WHS) and the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (MAB Programme), national and international non-governmental organizations working in geological heritage conservation.
The collaboration among Geoparks is an important component of The Global Network of National Geoparks. UNESCO encourages all forms of cooperation, especially in the fields of education, management, tourism, sustainable development and regional planning among members of the Network.
In 2022 the Global Network includes 177 geoparks in 46 countries. The list of UNESCO Global Geoparks changes every year.