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12th Plenary Session of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO-XII)
and GEO 2015 Mexico City Ministerial Summit

9-13 November 2015 | Mexico City, Mexico


Highlights for Thursday, 12 November 2015

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Participants of the GEO-XII meeting

GEO-XII convened for its final day on Thursday, 12 November, in Mexico City, Mexico. The neeting started with presentations providing updates on four highlighted GEO initiatives: AmeriGEOSS, a regional initiative for the Americas; the Global Mercury Observation System (GMOS); the GEO Global Agricultural Monitoring Initiative (GEOGLAM); and the Global Forest Observation Initiative (GFOI).

GEO Members and Participating Organizations presented formal statements throughout the day.

The Plenary also: adopted revised rules of procedure; approved the 2016 budget; approved the 2014 Financial Statements and the Report of the External Auditor; approved the report of the Executive Committee (ExCom); and approved the slate of nominees for the ExCom.

The Plenary accepted an offer by the Russian Federation to host GEO-XIII in St. Petersburg from 9-10 November 2016.

The Plenary was gaveled to a close at 3:48 pm.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, is providing daily web coverage from the 12th Plenary Session of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO-XII). In addition, IISD Reporting Services will produce a summary report of GEO-XII on Monday, 16 November 2015



Morning Plenary


Panelists during the morning plenary


Diana Quimbay, Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (IDEAM), Colombia

Plenary Chair Rudolf Strohmeier, Deputy Director-General, Directorate General for Research and Innovation,
European Commission (EC)


Nicola Pirrone, GEO Principal
Alternate, Italy

Alyssa Whitcraft,
GEOGLAM Secretariat

Douglas Muchoney, US Geological Survey


John Matuszak, US

Barbara Ryan, Director, GEO Secretariat


Øyvind Christophersen, Norway

Xiaohan Liao, China

Ivan Čačić, Croatia


Delegates during plenary


Stuart Minchin, Australia

Ambinintsoa Lucie Noasilalaonomenjanahary, Madagascar

Krishna Murthy, India


Humbulani Mudau, South Africa

Mónica Martínez, Ecuador


Jörn Hoffmann, Germany


Afternoon Plenary


Panelists during the afternoon plenary


GEO Co-Chair Philemon Mjwara, Director-General, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa

GEO Co-Chair Kathryn Sullivan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, Department of Commerce, US


Byron Anangwe, Regional Centre
for Mapping of Resources
for Development (RCMRD)

Manop Aorpimai, Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO)

Francesco Gaetani, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)


Raúl Vargas, Mexico

GEO Co-Chair Jianlin Cao, Vice-Minister,
Science and Technology, China


Participants of the GEO-XII meeting


Around the Venue


Participants gather before the start of plenary


Delegates meet informally



A member of the GEO Secretariat reads the ENB website


Mark Reichardt, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)

Delegates from Armenia




Display in the lobby of the Ministry of Foreign of Affairs


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has been provided by the GEO Secretariat
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