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About Sustainable Urban Development


Use of Earth observations can promote equity, welfare and shared prosperity for all levels of human settlement, fostering national urban planning and showing land change over time to rethink the Urban Agenda.


GEO will advocate the value of Earth observations, engage communities and deliver data and information in support of Sustainable Urban Development by assisting in the development of resilient cities and assessment of urban footprints; in order to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable through identifying economic externalities, managing environmental, climate and disaster risks, and building capacity to participate, plan and manage based on objective information regarding urban development.

Summary description of 2016 Plans

2016 activities focus on improving coordination of observations and monitoring of human settlements as well as to the development of a global inventory.


Related Work Programmme Activities


Community Activity

Earth Observation in Cultural Heritage documentation


GEO Initiatives

Global Urban Observation and Information

Human Planet Initiative

Contact person in the GEO Secretariat

Secretariat Experts: Andre Obregon -, Wenbo Chu -



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