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Sustainable Development Policy & Practice
Tenth Plenary Session of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO-X) and Geneva Ministerial Summit

14-17 January 2014 | Geneva, Switzerland
 
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Highlights for Wednesday, 15 January 2014

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On Wednesday morning, 15 January 2014, the Tenth Plenary Session of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO-X) opened in Geneva, Switzerland, with welcoming remarks from the Head of the Swiss delegation, Karine Siegwart, GEO Secretariat Director Barbara Ryan and the four GEO Co-Chairs, Kathryn Sullivan (US), Jianlin Cao (China), Rudolf Strohmeier (European Commission), and Philemon Mjwara (South Africa). The opening session also recognized Georgia as a new Member, approved 10 new Participating Organizations and two observers, and approved the report of GEO-IX.

GEO-X then examined the documents provided to the Ministerial Summit, particularly the draft vision to 2025, a proposal for the process to develop a new implementation plan, and the draft Geneva Declaration. The Plenary approved the vision document with an amendment suggested by Australia. A decision on the proposal for the implementation plan process was postponed until Thursday to allow Members more time to review the proposal.

In the afternoon, the Plenary considered the reports on Assessment of Progress, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Progress on Implementation of Recommendations from GEOSS Evaluation. The Secretariat presented the proposed update of the 2012-2015 Work Plan, which was approved subject to review and update in 2015. The day’s Plenary finished with highlights from GEOSS implementation, including specific presentations on the Global Network for Observations and Information in Mountain Environments (GEO-GNOME), the AfriGEOSS initiative, and the GEOSS Common Infrastructure (GCI).

Throughout the day, the EU sponsored a "Speakers' Corner" with presentations on a number of issues linked to GEOSS, while separate special events were held on citizen observatories, China Earth observation technology, a scientific roadmap toward Integrated Earth System Science in 2015-2025, and the International Astronautical Federation's (IAF) role in GEOSS.

In the evening, a reception was held for GEO-X participants hosted by the Swiss Government.

GEO-X participants viewing NASA data on the “Hyperwall” at the US GEO booth
 
PLENARY
 
GEO Co-Chair Kathryn Sullivan, Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Acting National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Administrator, US, opened the GEO-X plenary
 
 
Barbara Ryan, Director, GEO Secretariat
 
Karine Siegwart, Switzerland
 
 
GEO Co-Chair Kathryn Sullivan, US
GEO Co-Chair Jianlin Cao, China
 
GEO Co-Chairs in front of the Swiss GEO-X Pavillion (L-R): GEO Co-Chairs Jianlin Cao, Vice-Minister, Ministry
of Science and Technology, China; Rudolf Strohmeier, Director-General, Directorate-General for Research
and Innovation, European Commission; Kathryn Sullivan, Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans
and Atmosphere and Acting NOAA  Administrator, US; and Philemon Mjwara, Director-General, Department
of Science and Technology, South Africa
 
GEO Co-Chair Rudolf Strohmeier, European
Commission
GEO Co-Chair Philemon Mjwara, South Africa
 
Ramaz Chitanava, Georgia, thanked the GEO plenary for welcoming Georgia as its
newest member country
 
Jerry Lengoasa, World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
José Romero, Switzerland
Ezio Bussoletti, Italy
 
Robert Samors, GEO Secretariat, presented the GEO Progress Report
 
Pascale Ultre-Guerard, Committee on Earth
Observation Satellites (CEOS)
 
Sue Barrell, Australia
 
Robert Höft, Convention on Biological
Diversity
 
   
L-R: Elizabeth Te and Marivil Valles, the Philippines
   
 
Ganiy Agbaje, Nigeria
 
Ann Bartuska, US
 
Stephen Briggs, European Space Agency
(ESA)
 
Toshio Koike, Japan
 
Stuart Marsh, University of Nottingham, UK
Alexia Massacand, GEO Secretariat
 
Andiswa Mlisa, AfriGEOSS Working Group
John Adamec, Co-Chair, Monitoring and Evaluation Working
Group
 
Antonello Provenzale, Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and
Climate, Italy
Guido Colangeli, ESA
 
GEO-X SNAPSHOTS
 
Luca Demicheli, Secretary-General, EUROGEOSURVEYS (fourth from right), with EUROGEOSURVEYS
participants to GEO-X
 
Sandra Moscone, GEO Italy, responding to questions from a
participant
L-R: Ivan Bolenzio and Guido Colangeli, ESA
 
L-R: Paola de Salvo and Emanuele Gennai, esri
 
L-R: Leonard Hirsch, US, in conversation with Tim Hirsch, Global Biodiversity Information Facility
(GBIF)
 
 
Funding for coverage of this event has been provided by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)
FOEN

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Event resources

*GEO-X meeting website

*Week at a Glance

*Reports and documents from past GEO plenaries

*Reports and declarations of past GEO Ministerials

*GEOSS 10-Year Implementation Plan


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*GEO Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON)

*GEO Coastal Zone Community of Practice (CZCP)

*Integrated Global Water Cycle Observations (IGWCO) Community of Practice

*GEOCARBON

*Eye on Earth

*Global Climate Observing System


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