Members’ views on the first GEO Programme Board of 2017.
The GEO Programme Board Meeting, held in Geneva 1 – 2 February, 2017 convened to give guidance on implementation of the GEO Work Programme. GEO’s 104th Member, Cambodia, was announced at the meeting.
The Programme Board agenda included a look ahead to the GEO Work Programme Symposium, to be held in Tshwane, South Africa, 12 - 13 May, 2017.
The Programme Board takes an active part in shaping the Work Programme Symposium in order to demonstrate the added value of GEO, through delivery of solutions involving Earth observations, as well as bringing together different GEO communities working towards a common goal to build the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).
The Programme Board is aligning its activities with the three priority areas established by the GEO Executive Committee and endorsed by GEO-XIII Plenary in November 2016: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction.
Selection of Programme Board Co-chairs and Participating Organizations was made electronically and term limits were also assigned electronically – a first in GEO.
Three GEO Members give their views on the Programme Board:
Yoshimura Yoshinori, Japan
The Programme Board promotes the societal benefit areas activities used by using space technology. To promote this kind of activity we need to have this kind of body to discuss about how to enhance our activity for the future. I very much appreciate this Programme Board, we contribute to for the future of GEO activities.
Amos Kabobah, Ghana
For me I think being at the Programme Board is an opportunity to voice what are the major issues when it comes to Earth observation for Ghana, for Africa. For me I feel that GEO has done a lot in the past and it time for GEO to demonstrate to the grass roots what they have, because I think a way for GEO to be able to showcase some of the important work they are doing in green energy, health, disasters, all the issues that we’ve discussed.
So my expectation from this particular board for the next two years is to see how GEO can showcase key examples in the area of Sustainable Development Goals, in the area of climate change, in the area of disasters, and by bringing in other countries that have not yet joined GEO. So I also hope to use my network. For me the way forward is to engage in Earth observation activities.
Cathy Nielsen, Canada
I think it’s extremely important, primarily because I think there’s so much value to be gained by everybody collaborating on the Earth observation information front. I think GEO and the promotion of sharing of information is extremely important. I also think coming forward with common standards so the information can be easily shared, is a very valuable contribution from GEO. And lastly, it’s a forum where we can have good discussions around things such as the Sustainable Development Goals and how different countries are dealing with the information for the requirements for the SDGs. Not just to do the monitoring, progress around sustainable development but also looking at how the information can be used to formulate policies that move us forwards for sustainable development, and also how can we put tools in the hands of – for instance farmers – that would actually contribute to sustainable development goals like food security.
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