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GEO Associates category paves the way for commercial and non-governmental, not-for-profit and civil society organizations to join governments and international organizations as official collaborators of GEO, a global intergovernmental partnership that improves the availability, access and use of Earth observations for a sustainable planet.

While GEO Associates do not participate in the governance of GEO, they will join the GEO Member governments and Participating Organizations in informing the development and implementation of the GEO Work Programme, and may be invited to participate in GEO Plenaries to inform the strategic planning for GEO to meet its key objectives.

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GEO and the Commercial Sector

Commercial products and services based on Earth observations provide important public and private benefits, foster scientific and technological innovation and spur economic development.

GEO has historically welcomed engagement from commercial organizations in support of its mission. GEO provides these entities with the opportunity to connect with and learn from its expansive Earth observation expert and user communities, including scientific and technical experts from universities, government agencies, research institutions and international organizations.

In return for helping to build the open resources and services used by the GEO community, engaged commercial organizations gain insight into the data and information needs of the GEO community that can inform their investments and receive access to market opportunities in the GEO member states.

Avenues of engagement include participation in and sponsorship of GEO events, contributions to the GEO Work Programme and providing open data or free software and services to the GEO community.

Become an Associate

Eligible organizations for inclusion in the new category include companies and national associations of companies, as well as non-governmental, not-for-profit and civil society organizations that have a mandate related to Earth observations and that are registered in the territory of a GEO Member country.

Successful candidates for GEO Associate status will demonstrate two or more years of substantive involvement with GEO, and identify their self-funded and sustained contribution to GEO.

For more information, please contact the GEO Secretariat

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