Switzerland: Barbara J. Ryan has been unanimously re-appointed to a second, three-year term as the Secretariat Director of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO).
Based in Geneva, GEO is a voluntary partnership of governments and organisations that envision “a future wherein decisions and actions for the benefit of humankind are informed by coordinated, comprehensive and sustained Earth observations and information.”
GEO membership includes 90 nations and the European Commission, and 77 participating organisations comprised of international bodies with a mandate in earth observations. GEO’s initial ten-year mandate was extended for another decade by its ministerial body in January 2014.
GEO’s primary focus is to create a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) to address environmental and societal challenges facing decision leaders and individual citizens across nine essential areas: agriculture, biodiversity, climate, disasters, ecosystems, energy, health, water and weather.