GEO Week 2017 Side Meeting: Earth Observations in Service of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Our 4-hour side meeting at GEO Plenary, “Earth Observations in Service of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, was held at the Reagan Building in Washington DC. We structured this meeting around concrete updates and discussions for four distinct panel sessions, each one focused on a single Sustainable Development Goal (Goals 6, 11, 14, and 15). CEOS prepared and led the panel discussion for Goal 15, Life on Land, gathering key speakers from countries, space agencies, UN Custodian Agencies, and National Statistics organisations that spoke mostly to SDG Targets/Indicators 15.1.1 (forest cover) and 15.3.1 (land degradation). More side meeting outcomes and details will soon be made available on the EO4SDG website.
The 31st CEOS Plenary (October, 2017)
At the CEOS Plenary, CEOS Principals focus on making the key decisions needed to progress and direct priority CEOS initiatives, including those related to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In preparation for this, our Ad Hoc Team on Sustainable Development Goals (AHT SDG) hosted a pre-Plenary Side Meeting, during which we finalized our SDG AHT Implementation Plan and Plenary presentation.
SIT-32 (April, 2017)
About 20 people convened for the AHT-SDG Side Meeting at the 32nd Meeting of the CEOS Strategic Implementation Team (SIT-32). During this meeting, we presented on the complexity of the UN SDG process (who is doing what), discussed where we want to go as a group, and our next steps.
Ultimately, as we take stock of the UN processes in place for SDG implementation and of existing participants and stakeholders, we will focus our activities around the unique role that CEOS can play as a coordinating body for the space community’s efforts to support the integration of satellite Earth observation in support of the full realisation of the SDGs.
We will also align our engagement with the UN SDG Agenda in the context of GEO (GEO Programme Board, GEO Engagement Strategy, GEO’s EO4SDGs initiative) and build on established relationships that CEOS Agencies have with the SDG custodian agencies and individual countries. GEO (Barbara Ryan) provided a very informative presentation on the GEO approach to the SDGs. Take a look at our AHT-SDG SIT-32 presentation, as well as our new Terms of Reference, for more information.
AHT-SDG-1 (March, 2017)
The AHT-SDG team met in Washington DC from March 8-9, 2017 to plan the way forward for the main activities and strategic directions for the AHT-SDG. Learn more…
The 30th CEOS Plenary (October, 2016)
CEOS agreed to the establishment of this Ad Hoc Team to coordinate and drive CEOS activities in support of the UNSDGs, through GEO and other pathways. View meeting documents and materials from the 30th CEOS Plenary.
SIT-31 (April, 2016)
At the 31st Meeting of the CEOS Strategic Implementation Team (SIT-31), CEOS emphasized its role in supporting the UNSDG process:
Decision 3: The CEOS way forward on the UNSDGs will be undertaken in conjunction with GEO & the UN Initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), supplemented by a top-down dialogue with relevant UN Agencies and with individual CEOS Agencies making connections within their governments.