GEO logo
         GEOSS Portal Button

GEO-XIII Plenary Side Event: SDGs: Earth Observations In Service Of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development


Back to GEO-XIII outcomes page


GI-18 / GEO, CEOS, Member Countries


The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a universal development agenda for all countries and stakeholders to use as a blueprint of action for people, the planet and prosperity. The agenda is anchored by seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), associated targets, and a global indicator framework. Collectively, these items assist countries and the global community to measure, manage, and monitor progress on economic, social and environmental sustainability.

To achieve the Goals, Targets and associated Indicators, Earth observations and geospatial information serve insightful roles in monitoring targets, planning, tracking progress, and helping nations and other stakeholders make informed decisions, plans, and on-going adjustments that will contribute toward achieving the SDGs. The GEO Initiative 18 (GI-18), whose primary objective is to organize and realize the potential of Earth observations to advance the 2030 Agenda and enable societal benefits through achievement of the SDGs, helps enable countries and organizations, in collaboration with their national statistical offices, to leverage Earth observations to support the implementation, planning, monitoring, reporting, and evaluation of the SDGs.

This side event is specifically designed for GEO Plenary attendees to listen to members of the GEO Initiative 18 (GI-18) and others that are directly involved with SDG activities, as a way to understand needs, process, opportunities, and pathways toward achievement of the SDGs at national, regional and global levels. The event includes a brief presentation of key GI-18 milestones and forthcoming goals and activities, as well as examples of existing and potential national collaborations and training workshops that demonstrate the use of Earth observations and geospatial information in the Indicator framework. Additionally, the event includes organizations, such as NGOs and development banks, which use Earth observations as part of indicators to track and encourage economic and social development and environmental sustainability. Finally, the event concludes with discussions and recommendations on approaches and activities for the GI-18 to pursue in supporting and building capacity in using Earth observations for the SDGs.

Documents & Links



Session 1: Welcome and Sustainable Development Goals

Session 2: UN and GEO Sustainable Development Goal Mechanisms: State of the Journey to the 2030 Agenda

Session 3: Partnerships

Session 4: Panel: Approaches, Early Progress and Challenges to Date: National and Regional Perspectives

Session 5: Working Sessions

Session 5a: Implications of Urbanization and Climate Change for Health and Air Quality: A working session on SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-Being), SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), and SDG 13 (Climate Action).

Session 5b: Terrestrial Ecosystems, Biodiversity, and Agriculture: A working session on SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), and SDG 15 (Life on Land)

Session 5c. Thematic Review of the SDGs: A working session on SDG synergies and trade-offs

Session 6: Side Event Resolutions and Next Steps



Lawrence Friedl, Chu Ishida, Jose Eduardo De la Torre Barcena (,,