Open Earth Observations for the benefit of Humankind

Group on Earth Observations (GEO) / University of Geneva

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Session 156

09:00–10:45, Friday, 23 March 2018 Room H2, ITU Montbrillant Thematic Workshop Speakers/Panellists  Link to WSIS Action Lines  Link to SDGs  Related Links 

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Insight and impact for the SDGs and beyond

This session will examine the role of open Earth observation data and information - as well as the systems that make this information actionable - in monitoring and achieving the SDGs.

Case studies from the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) community and the University of Geneva will highlight the impact and potential of various open Earth data initiatives on sustainable development.

ICT challenges that will be addressed include data sharing, policy and access, Big Data, and data processing, workflows and indicators.


Steven Ramage, Head of External Relations, Group on Earth Observations


  • Welcome: Steven Ramage, GEO Secretariat
    Topic: Earth Observations for Impact
  • Keynote: (FOEN - TBC)
    Topic: Switzerland and Earth Observations for Impact
  • University of Geneva Contributions to EO and the SDGs
    • Grégory Giuliani, University of Geneva & UN Environment GRID
      Topic: Swiss Data Cube: Earth Observation form monitoring the state of the environment of Switzerland in space and time
    • Denisa Rodila, University of Geneva & UN Environment GRID
      Topic: GEO Essential European Project on Essential Variables to build workflows from raw data to indicators
    • Anthony Lehmann, University of Geneva, Institute for Environmental Sciences
      Topic: ‘Geomatics for a Sustainable Environment’ education programme

Session's link to WSIS Action Lines

  • AL C1 logo C1. The role of public governance authorities and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
  • AL C2 logo C2. Information and communication infrastructure
  • AL C3 logo C3. Access to information and knowledge
  • AL C4 logo C4. Capacity building
  • AL C6 logo C6. Enabling environment
  • AL C7 e-Env logo C7. ICT Applications: E-environment
  • AL C7 e-Agr logo C7. ICT Applications: E-agriculture
  • AL C7 e-Sci logo C7. ICT Applications: E-science
  • AL C11 logo C11. International and regional cooperation

This session is related to several WSIS action lines, including: 1: the role of governments and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development (cooperation of GEO member governments and participating organizations in Open Data sharing and implementation of activities), 2 and 3: information and communications infrastructure and access to information and knowledge (the GEOSS Platform and the Data Cube), 4: capacity building (the Geomatics for a Sustainable Environment training programme and more), 6: enabling environment (open data policy and management), 7: ICT applications for environment, agriculture and e-science (GEOSS Portal, Data Cube), and 11: International and regional cooperation (Group on Earth Observation global partnership, regional efforts in Europe)

Session's link to Sustainable Development Process

  • Goal 2: Zero hunger logo Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Goal 3: Good health and well-being logo Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all
  • Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation logo Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
  • Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities logo Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 13: Climate action logo Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • Goal 14: Life below water logo Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources
  • Goal 15: Life on land logo Goal 15: Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals logo Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

The session will explore how open Earth observations data and information, and the systems, applications, and capacity building efforts facilitating their use, contribute to the monitoring and achievement of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


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