CEOS Development Environment

Sustainable Development Goals

The Former Ad Hoc Team on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG-AHT)

 *** UPDATES *** – The CEOS SDG-AHT was formally set up in November 2016 at the 30th CEOS Plenary, and was extended several times to continue the ongoing efforts to support GEO and others stakeholders progressing the Agenda using satellite imagery. At the 35th CEOS Plenary (2021), the team, which is temporary by nature, was disbanded.

However, we have demonstrated that CEOS activities on SDG were critical to GEO and other users communties, and decided to keep a small core SDG coordination group in CEOS (incl Systems Engineering Office (SEO), former and cuurent SIT Chair teams, CEO). Its implementation will be led by the SEO. This will ensure the current work is delivered by exisiting CEOS expertise (technical reports for 4 sub-indicators), provide a strategic direction, and assess and coordinate any future external requests: this federated approach’ is described in our CEOS SDG Strategic implementation post 2021.


To highlight the potential role for Earth observations for supporting the global Indicator framework for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we, together with the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) put together the “Earth Observations in Support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” report.

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A successful sustainable development agenda will require effective partnerships for implementation. This report describes how GEO and CEOS Agencies will work with governments, academia, scientists, and the private sector to develop such partnerships for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

This report also illustrates the value of Earth observation data for monitoring SDG progress through several case study examples, such as: 

·        GEO Global Agricultural Monitoring (GEOGLAM, Goal 2)

·        Algal Bloom Early Warning Alert Systems  (Goal 6)

·        Flood Prediction Systems (Goal 6)

·        Global Mangrove Monitoring/Mapping (Goal 6)

·        Water-Related Ecosystem Monitoring (Goal 6)

·        Mapping Urban Growth (Goal 11)

·        Air Pollution Monitoring (Goal 11)

·        Great Barrier Reef Water Quality Monitoring (Goal 14)

·        Forest Management (Goal 15)

·        Global Forest Observations (Goal 15)

·        Land Degradation (Goal 15)

Prior to co-producing this booklet, GEO also produced a compelling 4-page leaflet, entitled:

Earth Observations and Geospatial Information: Supporting Official Statistics in Monitoring the SDGs*.

Click the images below for details on those examples, or take a look at the flyer itself.

Zero Hunger:

Clean Water:

Sustainable Cities:

Life on Land:





*The GEO leaflet was produced for a dedicated side-meeting at the 47th Session of the UN Statistical Commission (Statistical-Geospatial Integration Forum) at the Geospatial Information and Earth Observations: Supporting Official Statistics in Monitoring the SDGs Session on March 7th, 2016 in New York City. 

A Sustainable Future

This beautiful animation shows what the world could look like if we achieve some the Global Goals by 2030: