International Plenary & Ministerial Summit to convene in Mexico City

International Plenary & Ministerial Summit to convene in Mexico City


The intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) is gearing up to host International Plenary and Ministerial Summit from 9 to 13 November in Mexico City. Against the backdrop of recent approval of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the upcoming Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Ministers will adopt a 10-year Strategic Plan designed to bring accurate, timely data and other information to decision makers facing the unprecedented impacts on their populations of environmental change.

Established in 2005, with the aim to unleash the power of open data, GEO drives the interoperability of arth observations from satellites, airborne, and land and water-based monitoring systems with the aim of strengthening national and regional prediction, preparedness and prevention across a range of societal sectors. GEO has 100 member governments, with Co-Chairs from the European Commission, China, South Africa and the United States.

Highlights include:

  • An exhibition highlighting technological innovation and global, regional and national earth observation programmes.
  • Side events on all GEO’s communities including the environment, disasters, forest cover and more.
  • A forum underscoring the significant and innovative role of the Global Agricultural Monitor in bolstering food security.

Journalists also are invited to attend two regional geospatial events for Latin America being held in conjunction with GEO Week:

  • Latin America Geospatial Forum from 10 to 12November, Hotel Hilton Reforma.
  • Annual meeting of the UN initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management (UNGGIM).