10 November, Friday
11:00 - 12:30 (LT)

MINISTERIAL SUMMIT. Session 2 - Strategy

Draft Agenda

ITEM 2.1

Discussion on the Post 2025 Strategy: Earth Intelligence For All.

Session objective: Highlight how GEO’s future strategy will respond to global challenges by providing integrated, user-driven, co-produced solutions

Overview of the strategy:

  • Yana Gevorgyan, GEO Secretariat Director

Response by:

  • Marco Lambertini, WWF Special Envoy and Convener of the Nature Positive Initiative, on how the new strategy can help accelerate action for nature and society.

Remarks by:

  • Yuko Nagano, Assistant Minister for Cybersecurity, IT Management and Evidence-based Policymaking, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan
  • Sophie Bel, Consul General of France in Cape Town
  • David Harper, Director General of the Monitoring and Data Services Directorate within the Meteorological Services of Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada

ITEM 2.2

Closing the data divide. Increasing equity and inclusion in Earth observations

Session objective: Highlight the need for increased equity in the availability and use of Earth intelligence across geographies and communities

Remarks by:

  • Guangjun Zhang, Vice-Minister of Science & Technology of China
  • Tegan Brink, Australian High Commissioner for South Africa
  • Mmamoloko Kubayi, Minister of Human Settlements, South Africa
  • Cheikh Mbow, Directeur Général du Centre de Suivi Ecologique, Senegal
  • Vhalinavho Khavhagali, IUCN South Africa Country Representative

ITEM 2.3

Youth Panel

Session objective: Provide young people with an opportunity to present their views on Earth observations, equity and the need for action.12 young people from South Africa and other countries will present their Declaration to the Summit

  • Nasiphi Ngcoliso
  • Keneilwe Hlahane
  • Mncedisi Siteleki
  • Sofia Drozd
  • Yipei Gong
  • Natalia Bermudez

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