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GEO-XIV Plenary Session

Week at a Glance
















23 Oct

Side Events / Caucus meetings / Programme Board meeting



24 Oct

41st Executive Committee meeting


Featured Side Events





25 Oct

GEO-XIV Plenary Session



Caucus Mtgs / Reception


26 Oct

GEO-XIV Plenary Session





27 Oct

42nd Executive Committee meeting



The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Exhibition is planned from 24 to 26 October during GEO Week 2017.

To express your interest as an Exhibitor, we kindly ask you to return the completed pre-registration form to:

Further details regarding exhibition booths, such as availability and costs, will be made available shortly.

We encourage you to share this invitation with public and private organizations working with Earth observation data, information and services, that may have an interest in exhibiting during GEO Week 2017.

Details for each side event will be posted beginning of August.



GEO’s Fourteenth Plenary Meeting, will be held in Washington, D.C., Wednesday 25th – Thursday 26th October, 2017.

“The new decade of GEO, launched in Mexico in 2015, resulted in a new GEO Work Programme and it is now time to talk about delivery” said the Chair of the GEO Executive Committee, and Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, Robert-Jan Smits.

The GEO Plenary is the annual meeting of GEO’s 104 Member governments and 109 Participating Organizations, such as the European Space Agency (ESA), JAXA, NOAA, NASA, USGS,, United Nations Environment Programme, the World Bank and Observers such as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Secretariat on Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM).

The Plenary is preceded by Side Events organized through the GEO community and featuring global initiatives and activities to improve use of satellite, atmospheric and in situ Earth observations for better decision making.

Expect to see events focused on national and regional best practices to implement and measure the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as Disaster Relief and measuring and mitigating the impacts of Climate Change.

GEO-Week XIV also features the GEO Exhibition, which is open to the public.

More information will be announced soon.

Visa requirements for the United States

Foreign government officials traveling to the United States on official government business [including activities related to an organization that is not designated under the International organizations Immunities Act (IOIA),] must apply for an A visa prior to traveling to and arriving in the United States.

Government officials, and employees traveling for activities related to a designated international organization in the United States must apply for G (G-1, G-2, or G-3) visas. Officers and employees of a designated international organization traveling on behalf of the international organization for official business must apply for a G-4 visa.

For a list of designated international organizations is available at please refer to the following link

Participants who do not fall into these categories may apply for a B-1 to attend the Group on Earth Observation (GEO) Plenary. For information on how to apply, including document requirements at a specific U.S. Embassy or Consulate, please refer to the embassy or consulate website which may be found through

We recommend that all visa applicants apply as soon as possible. For information on the Visa Waiver Program and the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) please refer to U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s website at

Please remember that to obtain a visa and enter the U.S., your passport must be valid for six months after your scheduled trip. Delegates requiring a visa letter should contact (cc: as soon as possible.


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