Our Mandate


GEO Vision

To realize a future where decisions and actions, for the benefit of humankind, are informed by coordinated, comprehensive and sustained Earth observation information and services.


GEO Mission

GEO’s mission is to connect the demand for sound and timely environmental information with the supply of data and information about the Earth.

Advocacy for broad, open data policies helps ensure that the data collected through national, regional and global observing systems is both made available and applied to decision-making for global priorities including The Sustainable Development Goals, The Paris Agreement on climate change, The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and Aichi Targets of The Convention on Biodiversity.


GEO Value

GEO is a partnership of 113 Member governments and the European Commission; and 144 Participating Organizations comprised of international bodies with a mandate in and/or use of Earth observations.

GEO convenes expertise from across different disciplines to coordinate their activities and promote broad and open data polices. The GEO Workplan 2017-2025 brings together experts to ensure global collaboration, identify gaps and reduce duplication in the areas of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Sustainability; Disaster Resilience; Energy and Mineral Resources Management; Food Security; Infrastructure & Transportation Management; Public Health Surveillance; Sustainable Urban Development; and Water Resources Management.

Together, the GEO community is creating a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) to better integrate observing systems and share data by connecting existing infrastructures using common standards. There are more than 400 million data resources in GEOSS that span all GEO’s thematic areas.


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