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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 Friday, 13 November 2015

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The Mexican flag outside of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

On Friday, 13 November, Eduardo Sojo, President, National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), Mexico, opened the GEO Ministerial Summit. A short video was shown, presenting the rationale of GEO and its potential to contribute to the global development agenda. María Eugenia Casar, Executive Director, Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID), welcomed delegates on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, affirming that Mexico shares GEO's objectives.

Each of the four Ministerial Summit Co-Chairs offered brief addresses: Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research and Innovation; Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology, South Africa; Sally Jewell, Secretary of Interior, US; and Jianlin Cao, Vice Minister of Science and Technology, China.

A session chaired by Summit Co-Chair Jewel featured a presentation on GEO achievements and perspectives by Rolando Ocampo, Vice President, INEGI, and a presentation of the GEO Strategic Plan 2016-2025 by Danielle Lacasse, Co-Chair of the Implementation Plan Working Group. In addition, Jewell announced the first place winner of a video contest, the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO), and delegates watched the winning video on the importance of ocean observations.

A third session, chaired by Summit Co-Chair Pandor, featured a reading of the draft Mexico City Declaration by Pandor, followed by statements from delegations supporting the Declaration and the Strategic Plan. The Declaration was adopted and the Plan approved.

In the afternoon Summit Co-Chair Moedas chaired a session featuring a ministerial discussion panel and proposals from delegates for upcoming GEO activities to be planned in 2016-2025 and the implementation of GEOSS.

The final session, chaired by Summit Co-Chair Cao, featured closing remarks by each of the Co-Chairs and by INEGI Vice President Ocampo. The Summit was gaveled to a close at 4:47 pm.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage and a summary report from the 12th Plenary Session of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO-XII) and GEO 2015 Mexico City Ministerial Summit. Our summary report is available in HTML or PDF format.



Opening Session of the Ministerial Summit


Panelists during the opening session of the Ministerial Summit


Eduardo Sojo, President, National Institute of
Statistics and Geography (INEGI), Mexico

Maria Eugenia Casar, Executive Director, Mexican Agency for International Development (AMEXCID), Mexico


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

Summit Co-Chair Naledi Pandor, Minister, Science and Technology, South Africa

Summit Co-Chair Carlos Moedas, Commissioner, Research and Innovation, European Commission (EC)


Summit Co-Chair Sally Jewell, Secretary,
Department of The Interior, US

Rafael Pacchiano, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Mexico

Barbara Ryan, Director, GEO Secretariat



Rolando Ocampo, INEGI, and GEO Principal for Mexico

Danielle Lacasse, GEO Implementation Plan
Working Group Co-Chair


Xiaohan Liao, China

Hans-Christian Kint, Belgium

Bi-Ho Jeon, Republic of Korea


Merethe Nergaard, Norway

Victor Osorio, Minister of
Natural Assets, Chile

Tsutomu Tomioka, Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Japan


Ministers' Discussion and Closing Session


Panelists for the Ministers' Discussion


Rodolfo Lacy, Ministry of Environment, Mexico

Tiit Kutser, Estonia


Vasily Asmus, Russian Federation

Tanguy Gahouma Bekale, Gabon

Ian Boyd, UK


Ana Voicu, Romania

Mamadou Bah, Guinea


Panelists during the closing session of the GEO-XII meeting


Around the Venue


Members of the media gather for the Ministerial Summit


Delegates meet informally before the start of the session


GEO Co-Chairs Kathryn Sullivan, US, and
Rudolf Strohmeier, EC, speak informally

Bob Samors, GEO Secretariat, speaks with
Barbara Ryan, Director, GEO Secretariat


Delegates from Africa

Participants of the Ministerial Summit



Participants watch a video presented by the GEO Secretariat




ENB team covering the meeting: Kiara Worth; Keith Ripley; Laura Russo; Gillian Nelson; and Jennifer Covert


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has been provided by the GEO Secretariat
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