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What is GEO? A quick look at the Group on Earth Observations
18 February 2014
The 10th GEO Plenary in January marked an opportunity for the organisation to celebrate its accomplishments and set goals for the future. At Earthzine, this gathering also provided an opportunity to highlight the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) in new articles and reflect back on the origins of the group.
GEO is an international organisation that embodies a call for action from the World Summit on Sustainable Development. In 2002, the Group of Eight Industrialized Countries (the G8) joined the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, to discuss health and well-being in the face of a growing population and increasingly pressured water, food, economic, and ecologic services. One of the goals of the summit was to establish action implementation plans to help move from discussion to achievement.
One of the action items identified by the summit was a need for international collaboration on Earth observations for the purpose of aiding decision-making about key environmental concerns. GEO was launched in response to this goal.
Today, GEO has grown to be an organization of 90 member nations and 77 participating international organisations.