Blog / Meg Riggs / May 22, 2017
The podcast series Geneva Geeks: Innovation and Impact was launched in 2017 by the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The goal of each podcast is to educationally explore all the innovative work taking place in Geneva. Each episode features three guests who talk about their work and the role Geneva plays. Collectively, the series tells the story of innovative collaboration amongst a diverse array of international experts in fields such as, health, telecommunications, trade, disarmament, industry standards, human rights, nuclear research and humanitarian responses - including preparedness for natural disasters.
Our episode featuring the Group Earth Observations (GEO) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) focuses on the Sendai Framework for disaster risk reduction, putting global Earth observation data to work, and the successes in this field over the past year. Such as, GEOGLAM, an initiative that is strengthening global agricultural monitoring to improve the use of remote sensing tools for crop production projections and early warning systems. The Geneva Geeks teamcouldn’t stop thinking about the unleashed potential of connecting the imagery and Earth observation data collected around the world to the communities that need it, in order to plan for disasters and pursue more prosperous lives.
Nowhere else in the world will you find so many different groups of connoisseurs determined to make this world a better place. Geneva is a hub bringing together resources and diverse global talent. All of our guests have emphasized the necessity of a neutral space for collaboration between countries and across fields.
Geneva Geeks celebrates the United Nations’ role as a convener of global stakeholders to work together to solve some of the world’s biggest problems.
Listen here to the podcast "GEO Putting the Data to Work"
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