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Global Earth Observation

The World Summit on Sustainable Development and the G8 launched in 2002 a call for action in order to create an infrastructure that will interconnect a diverse and growing array of instruments and systems for monitoring and forecasting changes in the global environment. The Group on Earth Observation (GEO) was launched in response to this call with the aim of coordinating efforts to build the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), the structure that proactively links together existing and planned observing systems around the world and support the development of new systems where gaps currently exist. It promotes common technical standards so that data from the thousands of different instruments can be combined into coherent data sets.

UNESCO has a close collaboration with the GEO and is currently member of two committees established by GEO to guide the implementation of the 10-Year plan: the Science and Technology Committee and the Capacity Building Committee.  

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