Ministers from GEO’s 105 Member governments, business leaders, heads of international non-profits and passionate experts will meet in Canberra, Australia for GEO Week 2019 and the GEO Ministerial Summit.
The week’s events will focus on ensuring data about our planet becomes a core input to our strategic economic decision making and our day-to-day business, environmental and development decisions. It is on track to be the biggest GEO Week ever, with more than 1100 attendees.
The event will support of activities that enable the use of Earth observation data, information and services for better decision making across a range of crucial development and environmental issues, including the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
Building on the 2015 Mexico City Declaration, GEO Week will focus on accelerating the delivery of GEO’s Strategic Plan and will bring the GEO community together to scale-up the impact of Earth observations.
The Summit is expected to include a discussion of progress across GEO, identification of challenges and new requirements, and declarations of new actions and commitments by governments, the commercial sector, international organisations and others.
Ministers will have the opportunity to take decisions on topics of strategic importance for the future of GEO, make commitments to tackle transboundary and regional challenges, announce major new initiatives their countries are contributing to, and commit investments to support GEO’s work.