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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 Thursday, 16 January 2014

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The final day of GEO-X met on Thursday, 16 January 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. GEO-X approved the proposal for preparation of the next GEOSS Implementation Plan, discussed the draft Geneva Declaration, and considered the 2013 ExCom report, GEO financial reports and the 2014 operations budget, Implementation Board and ExCom membership, and an update of the rules of procedure. The Plenary heard a series of formal statements from Members and Participating Organizations on key events and activities. The Plenary also accepted an offer by Gabon to host GEO-XI in November 2014. The Plenary was gaveled to a close at 3:18 pm.

In the afternoon, Karine Siegwart, Vice Director, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland, moderated a high-level panel on "Perspectives on the Value of Earth Observations." Panelists provided their insights on the role of Earth observations in addressing global environmental challenges and achieving sustainable development into the future, as an input to the Ministerial Summit discussions on the future of GEO. Presentations were provided by: Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP; Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction; Philippe Gillet, Acting President, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland; and Serge Tröber, Chief Underwriting Officer of Corporate Solutions, Swiss Re.

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 the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network, UNEP-Live, GEONETCast support to the Charter on Disasters, the EU's Copernicus programme, and the role of the Blue Planet Initiative in the Integrated Atlantic Observing System.

In the evening, Ministers and Heads of Delegation attended a dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel hosted by the Government of Switzerland.

José Romero, Switzerland (center), in discussion with delegates from the US
 
PLENARY
 
GEO Co-Chair Philemon Mjwara, South Africa
 
Khondaker Asaduzzaman, Bangladesh
 
David Grimes, Canada
 
Dominique Marbouty, France
 
Philippe Brunet, European Commission
Sue Barrell, Australia
Huadong Guo, China
 
   
L-R: Isabel Gamarra de Fox and Alberto Yanosky, Paraguay
   
 
Mmboneni Muofhe, South Africa
Keisuke Isogai, Japan
 
Lucie Ambinintsoa, Madagascar
 
Andre Nonguierma, UN Economic
Commission for Africa
Anne-Hélène Prieur-Richard, DIVERSITAS
Giuseppe Puglisi, European Plate
Observation System
 
Delegates from the US consulting
 
Lena Häll Eriksson, Sweden
Edersson Cabrera, Colombia
Paul Becker, Germany
 
Luciano Parodi, Chile
 
   
Delegates from the Russian Federation consulting
   
 
L-R: Hakim Hadjeres, Swiss Federal Audit Office; Luckson Ngwira, WMO; and Angiolo Rolli, WMO
 
Patricia Geddes, GEO Secretariat
 
Tanguay Gahouma, Gabon, informed the GEO-X Plenary of his country's offer to host
GEO-XI
 
Barbara Ryan, Director, GEO Secretariat
GEO Co-Chair Jianlin Cao, China
 
GEO Co-Chair Philemon Mjwara, South Africa
GEO Co-Chair Rudolf Strohmeier, European
Commission
 
GEO Co-Chair Kathryn Sullivan, US, gaveled the meeting to a close at 3:18 pm
 
GEO-X HIGH-LEVEL PANEL: PERSPECTIVES ON THE VALUE OF EARTH OBSERVATIONS
 
   
L-R: Philippe Gillet, Acting President, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne; Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction; Karine Siegwart, Vice Director, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland; Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP; and Serge Tröber, Chief Underwriting Officer of Corporate Solutions, Swiss Re
   
 
Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP
Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the
UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction
 
Philippe Gillet, Acting President, École Polytechnique
Fédérale de Lausanne
Serge Tröber, Chief Underwriting Officer of Corporate
Solutions, Swiss Re
 
 
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