The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) is a global intergovernmental partnership of 112 UN Member States plus the European Commission, 133 Participating Organizations and 15 Associates, working to improve the availability, access, and use of Earth observations for a more sustainable planet.
GEO promotes open, coordinated, and sustained sharing of data, information, and knowledge about the Earth in support of better research, policymaking, decisions, and action across disciplines. The GEO community focuses on three global priority engagement areas: climate action, disaster risk reduction, and long-term sustainable development, with work emerging on urban resilience.
The GEO Work Programme is the primary instrument by which GEO implements its mission. These activities are conceived, planned, and implemented by teams of researchers, technical experts, policy analysts, commercial sector representatives, and many other stakeholders to address information needs in particular domains for which Earth observations are critical. In most of these activities, the teams work to develop Earth observation-based applications, products, and services to support decisions as identified together with the intended users.
GEO Work Programme activities are largely funded through in-kind contributions from the various collaborating partners on a best-efforts basis, supplemented by voluntary financial contributions. The GEO Foundational Tasks are implemented in part by the GEO Secretariat through resources contributed by GEO Members to the GEO Trust Fund.
All new and existing 2020-2022 GEO Work Programme Flagships, Initiatives, Community Activities and Working Groups are open to new participants to bring their expertise in Earth observations, or their experience as users of Earth observation products and services, to help support social, economic and environmental policies, decision making and action.
The GEO Work Programme includes five categories of activities, collectively known as GEO Implementation Mechanisms:
The GEO Highlights Report 2020 aims to show how open and accessible Earth observations data, information, and knowledge are making a difference to people in many countries through the dedicated efforts of the GEO Work Programme contributors and supporters.