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GEO-XIV Plenary Session

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23 Oct

Side Events / Caucus meetings / Programme Board meeting



24 Oct

41st Executive Committee meeting


Featured Side Events





25 Oct

GEO-XIV Plenary Session



Caucus Mtgs / Reception


26 Oct

GEO-XIV Plenary Session





27 Oct

42nd Executive Committee meeting



The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Exhibition is planned from 24 to 26 October during GEO Week 2017.

To express your interest as an Exhibitor, we kindly ask you to return the completed pre-registration form to:

Further details regarding exhibition booths, such as availability and costs, will be made available shortly.

We encourage you to share this invitation with public and private organizations working with Earth observation data, information and services, that may have an interest in exhibiting during GEO Week 2017.

Side Events

A call for interest in Side Events for GEO Week 2017 has already been issued. The deadline for this call is 15 June 2017. Please complete this form and send to:

Side Events are an excellent way to communicate progress on selected efforts, however due to both time and space limitations, the aim this year is to coordinate and possibly consolidate side events.

Once expressions of interest have been received, similar and/or related events will be reviewed for consolidation. Feedback will be provided to applicants by the middle of July 2017.



GEO’s Fourteenth Plenary Meeting, will be held in Washington, D.C., Wednesday 25th – Thursday 26th October, 2017.

“The new decade of GEO, launched in Mexico in 2015, resulted in a new GEO Work Programme and it is now time to talk about delivery” said the Chair of the GEO Executive Committee, and Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, Robert-Jan Smits.

The GEO Plenary is the annual meeting of GEO’s 104 Member governments and 109 Participating Organizations, such as the European Space Agency (ESA), JAXA, NOAA, NASA, USGS,, United Nations Environment Programme, the World Bank and Observers such as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Secretariat on Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM).

The Plenary is preceded by Side Events organized through the GEO community and featuring global initiatives and activities to improve use of satellite, atmospheric and in situ Earth observations for better decision making.

Expect to see events focused on national and regional best practices to implement and measure the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as Disaster Relief and measuring and mitigating the impacts of Climate Change.

GEO-Week XIV also features the GEO Exhibition, which is open to the public.

More information will be announced soon.

Visa requirements for the United States

Foreign government officials traveling to the United States on official government business must obtain a visa prior to arriving in the U.S. Please contact your local U.S. Consulate or Consular section for more information about how to apply. Some applications may require 4 to 6 weeks of administrative processing, so please inquire early. Representatives of GEO Participating organizations should apply for a B1 or type G visa, or plan to travel under the Visa Waiver Program. In certain cases, B1 applications may require 90 or more days of administrative processing, so please apply well in advance.

If you are planning business-related travel to the United States on a temporary basis, it is important to have information about the type of nonimmigrant visa you will need for travel. The purpose of your intended travel and other facts regarding your plans will determine what type of visa is required under immigration law.

How to Apply for a Visa:

When applying for a visa, you will need to meet all requirements for the visa for which you are applying. The consular officer at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you will apply for your visa will determine eligibility for a visa, including type of visa required, based on your application, interview, individual facts presented, and on U.S. immigration law.

Please remember that to obtain a visa and enter the U.S., your passport must be valid for six months after your scheduled trip. More information is available at the State Department website. Delegates requiring a visa letter should contact (cc: as soon as possible.


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