Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Humanitarian emergencies include large-scale natural disasters and human-generated disasters such as war, terrorism, and industrial accidents. Natural and human-generated events are reaching the scale of humanitarian emergency with increasing frequency and severity. Natural events are ever more devastating due to a number of factors, including climate change, population growth, urbanization, poverty, and economic and social inequalities. Armed conflicts are increasingly directly impacting civilians through violence, displacement, human rights abuses, and worsening economic and health conditions. Humanitarian relief aid is given by governments, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations to meet the immediate needs of victims of disasters. Humanitarian relief aid can include food, water, medical supplies, tents, and other things required by those affected by everything from typhoons to civil wars. Also known as emergency aid, it is distinct from development aid, which aims at long-term economic improvement.

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GEO Week 2023

GEO Members adopted the GEO Post-2025 Strategy, which not only supports GEO’s continued leadership in enabling the provision and use of Earth observations but also introduces pathways for GEO to co-produce products and services with users and for users, thereby requiring GEO to adapt its operating model.
Event 6 November 2023 - 10 November 2023

High-Level Meeting on the Midterm Review of the Sendai Framework

Eight years after the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the international community assessed progress on its implementation. Taking place at “a defining point in history,” and against the backdrop of many global crises, delegates called for better governance, investments in resilience, and a focus on disaster prevention.
Event 17 May 2023 - 19 May 2023

GEO Week 2022

Convening under the theme, “Global Action for Local Impact,” GEO Week 2022 brought together practitioners to discuss the potential for earth observation to assist in addressing global challenges. The week was heavily focused on the future direction of GEO, with participants engaging in sessions related to the road to GEO post-2025.
Event 31 October 2022 - 4 November 2022

GEO Virtual Symposium 2022

Under the theme “Global Action for Local Impact,” the GEO Virtual Symposium 2022 explored how the portfolio of Group on Earth Observations (GEO) products and services can provide insights and evidence for policy development and decision making.
Event 2 May 2022 - 5 May 2022

GEO Week 2021

GEO Week 2021 provided an opportunity for GEO to engage with its vast community, including the four regional GEOs, discuss efforts needed to accelerate action in GEO towards environmental and social impact, and consider progress by GEO in bridging the digital divide by democratizing access to data and technologies. 
Event 22 November 2021 - 26 November 2021

8th Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

Ministers in charge of disaster risk called on African Union Member States and Regional Economic Communities to increase the annual budgetary allocation for implementing DRR strategies, programmes, and plans of action.
Event 16 November 2021 - 19 November 2021