GEO Commits to Unleash the Power of Open Data to Address Global Challenges | U.S. Department of the Interior
"The intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO)concluded its twelfth Plenary session and fourth MinisterialSummit in Mexico City with commitments to share data on Earth observations at a time of exponential data growth, human development and climate change. Hosted by the Instituto Nacional de Estadistica y Geografia(INEGI), the week-long conference was attend by more than 400 delegates from 41 GEO governments and 39 partner organizations, and included Ministers of Environment, Science and Natural Resources. Major achievements include the adoption of a ten year Strategic Plan (2016 - 2025) and a Ministerial Declaration that focuses on harnessing critical environmental observations to enable leaders to make better-informed decisions for the benefit of humanity at a time of rapid global change. Against the backdrop of the recent adoption of the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development and an anticipated global agreement on climate change, GEO launched several bold, new initiatives, including ..."