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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 Friday, 17 January 2014

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Opening the Ministerial Summit on Friday morning, 17 January 2014, Bruno Oberle, State Secretary, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), welcomed delegates to Geneva and explained the gathering will decide on the continuation of GEO for the next decade. Short films were shown explaining GEO and GEOSS rationale and achievements.

During the introductory session chaired by Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for Environment, each of the four GEO Ministerial Co-Chairs offered brief addresses: Potočnik, European Commission; Jianlin Cao, Vice Minister of Science and Technology, China; Derek Hanekom, Minister of Science and Technology, South Africa; and Patrick Gallagher, Acting Deputy Secretary of Commerce, US. Participants also heard keynote addresses from Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP, delivered by Jacqueline McGlade, Senior Advisor, UNEP, and State Secretary Oberle. Ministers then visited the exhibition

After the exhibition visit, the morning continued with a session on the Geneva Declaration, chaired by Co-Chair Cao, which began with a reading of the draft Declaration by State Secretary Oberle. Twenty-nine Members and 15 Participating Organizations (POs) then offered statements supporting the Declaration. The Declaration was adopted without amendment.

In the afternoon, a session on guidance for the future of GEO was chaired by Co-Chair Hanekom. After a presentation by the Secretariat of the Ministerial Guidance on the Evolution of GEOSS, six Members and three POs offered statements regarding the future of GEO. Hanekom provided a brief summary of the interventions.

The final session, chaired by Co-Chair Gallagher, featured closing remarks by each of the Co-Chairs and by State Secretary Oberle. The Summit was gaveled to a close at 4:51 pm.

Bruno Oberle, State Secretary, FOEN, Switzerland, GEO Co-Chairs and Ministerial Summit Co-Chairs congratulate each other after the successful conclusion of the Summit
 
OPENING SESSION
 
L-R: Barbara Ryan, Director, GEO Secretariat; GEO Co-Chair Rudolf Strohmeier, European Commission; Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment; GEO Co-Chair Kathryn Sullivan, US; Patrick Gallagher, Acting Deputy Secretary of Commerce, US;
Bruno Oberle
, State Secretary, FOEN, Switzerland; Derek Hanekom, Minister of Science and Technology, South Africa; GEO Co-Chair
Philemon Mjwara
, South Africa; Jianlin Cao, Vice Minister of Science and Technolgy, China; Linhao Chen, China; Achim Steiner, Executive
Director, UNEP

 
Bruno Oberle, State Secretary, Switzerland, welcomed GEO-X participants and officially opened the Geneva
Ministerial Summit
 
 
Jacqueline McGlade, Senior Advisor, UNEP, speaking on behalf of
Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP
 
Bruno Oberle, State Secretary, FOEN, Switzerland
 
 
MINISTERIAL TOUR OF THE GEO-X EXHIBITION
 
Derek Hanekom, Minister of Science and Technology, South Africa (center), posing with GEO-X participants from
Africa
 
 
Bruno Oberle, State Secretary, FOEN, Switzerland, visiting the
GEO-X Swiss exhibition
 
Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment,
visiting the EuroGeoSurveys booth
 
 
   
Jianlin Cao, Vice Minister of Science and Technolgy, China (seventh from the right), with GEO-X participants from
China
   
 
L-R: Patrick Gallagher, Acting Deputy Secretary of Commerce, US, and GEO Co-Chair Kathryn Sullivan, US
 
STATEMENTS REGARDING THE DECLARATION
 
H.E. Prime Minister Jean Omer Beriziky, Madagascar
 
Laila Rashed Iskandar, Minister of State for
Environmental Affairs, Egypt
Cecilia Rebong, Ambassador and
Permanent Representative of the
Philippines to the UN and Other
International Organizations in Geneva
Nino Sharashidze, First Deputy Minister
of Environment and Natural Resources
Protection, Georgia
 
Amb. Thomas Fitschen, Deputy
Permanent Representative of Germany to
the UN and Other International
Organizations in Geneva
 
Yoshitaka Sakurada, Senior Vice Minister of
Education, Culture, Sports, Science and
Technology, Japan
 
Pablo Vieira, Deputy Minister of Environment
and Sustainable Development, Colombia
 
   
Group photo of GEO-X participants
   
 
Miguel de Castro Neto, Secretary of State
for Spatial Planning and Nature
Conservation, Portugal
Carmela Terbogh, Global Spatial Data
Infrastructure
Luca Demicheli, Secretary-General,
EuroGeoSurveys
 
SESSION ON GUIDANCE FOR THE FUTURE OF GEO
 
GEO Co-Chair Philemon Mjwara, South Africa, presented Ministerial Guidance on the Evolution of
GEOSS
 
CLOSING SESSION
 
Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment
Jianlin Cao, Vice Minister of Science and Technolgy, China
 
Patrick Gallagher, Acting Deputy Secretary of Commerce, US
Derek Hanekom, Minister of Science and Technology, South
Africa
 
Bruno Oberle, State Secretary, FOEN, Switzerland, gaveled the Geneva Ministerial Summit to a close at
4:51 pm
 
 
Funding for coverage of this event has been provided by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)
FOEN

Related Links
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


Other Relevant Resources

*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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