Mexico: At the end of March the Group of Earth Observation (GEO) Secretariat and the GEO Disaster Resilience SBA lead persons discussed the GEO presence at the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) in Mexico, in order to strengthen efforts in one of GEO’s three priority engagement areas.
In addition to the key priority area of Disaster Risk Reduction and to support the GEO Engagement Strategy, GEO work on the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Monitoring, will also be promoted.
Our proposal for a GEO Marketplace booth in Cancun was accepted and GEO Members working in the area of disasters were invited to support our presence there:
We invite all GEO members and participating organizations to visit the booth. If you are interested in giving a lightning talk please let us know and we will include you in the schedule.
We plan to use this venue to promote GEO Initiatives active in the Disaster Resilience SBA, such as GEO Data Access for Risk Management (GEO-DARMA), Geohazard Supersites and Natural Laboratories (GSNL), Global Wildfire Information System (GWIS), GEO Human Planet Initiative, GEO Global Water Sustainability (GEOGLOWS) and the Global Drought Information System (GDIS).
The GEO Secretariat is working with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) on PreventionWeb https://www.preventionweb.net/experts/ask/session/52620 to develop a closer working relationship and understand more about work on the Sendai Framework activities that relate to this priority area.
Broader engagement across the Americas will also be promoted through AmeriGEOSS, as well as highlighting AfriGEOSS and AOGEOSS regional initiatives. The GPDRR is therefore a good opportunity to explain GEO’s important role globally in the domain of Disaster Risk Reduction.