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Future Earth at GEO XV Plenary and GEO Week

The 15th Plenary and a series of associated events of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) took place from October 28 – November 2 at the Kyoto International Conference Center. As a Participating Organization of GEO, Future Earth engaged in these important events to explore further areas of collaboration.

Invited by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Future Earth ran a booth as part of the ‘Japan GEO’ exhibition area at this intergovernmental meeting and presented on its latest developments and research initiatives. The presentation and the running of the booth was a joint effort of the partnership between the European Space Agency and Future EarthThe booth attracted visitors with a number of Future Earth videos, demonstrating a wide spectrum of Future Earth activities and including "Global Carbon Budget", "Sleeping Financial Giants" and "What is a KAN".  Also screened was a video presentation on Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness (PREP), a public-private partnership and a Future Earth's strategic link, which recently launched an online platform to curate existing climate data and make it more accessible for decision making.

Future Earth became a Participating Organization of GEO in 2015. Future Earth delegates to the GEO XV Plenary and GEO Week 2018 included Cat Downy, Future Earth – European Space Agency Liaison Officer and Fumiko Kasuga, Future Earth Global Hub Director – Japan. Through the GEO XV Plenary and associated events, the delegates explored and identified further opportunities and areas for potential interaction with the GEO network.

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO)

The intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) is comprised of 100 Member states, including the European Commission, and 92 Participating Organizations. GEO strives to improve the world’s observation systems and provide policy makers and scientists with accurate and useful data that can be used to make informed decisions. GEO’s primary focus is to develop a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) to enhance the ability of end-users to discover and access Earth observation data and convert it to useable and useful information.

GEO XV Plenary and GEO Week 2018

Over 500 people came together for GEO Week 2018 from 29 October – 2 November 2018 in Kyoto, Japan, to listen to success stories and explore opportunities for the use of Earth observations for the benefit of society. The week’s events focused on GEO’s three priority engagement areas: the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Climate Agreement, and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


February 26, 2019


FutureEarth Staff Member