GEO Update

Outcome of the GEO/UN and International Organizations Roundtable

GEO/UN and International Organizations Roundtable: Supporting Implementation of the 2030 Agenda Through Knowledge, Data and Information

Monday, 7 March 2016, Geneva, Switzerland


The 2030 development agenda comprises a range of global commitments, the main ones being the Sustainable Development Goals and Targets; the Aichi Targets of the Convention on Biodiversity; the RAMSAR Convention on Wetlands; the Multilateral Environmental Agreements; the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The Group of Earth Observations is mandated by world leaders at G8 and G20 to strengthen international co-operation on global observation. GEO’s Global Agricultural Monitoring initiative (GEOGLAM), its Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) and planned initiatives under the 2016 – 2025 GEO Strategic Plan harness Earth observations for societal benefit.

This round table event has given an opportunity for UN agencies and programmes as well as International Organizations to examine existing and planned use of Earth observations to meet the needs of international agreements and commitments.

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