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SDIM Attended GEO-X Plenary and Geneva Ministerial Summit
Posted by SDIM / Apr   08, 2014 / News

Invited by GEO Secretariat Director Barbara Ryan, SDIM Executive Deputy Director Chen Fang went to Switzerland to attend the Tenth Plenary Session of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO-X)and meetings with related parties.

Founded in February 2005 with its secretariat based at the WMO Headquarters in Geneva, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) is the world’s biggest and most authoritative intergovernmental organization in the field of earth observations. As one of the most important plans of GEO, the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) 10-Year Implementation Plan (2005-2015) is aimed at establishing a comprehensive, coordinated and sustainable global earth observation system so as to achieve a better understanding of earth systems and provide government decision makers with services ranging from initial observations to professional applications.

On January 13, Professor Chen Fang attended the Disaster Mitigation and Earth Observations Seminar, an event attended by 50 representatives from more than 20 international organizations including UNISDR, UNEP, UNOSAT, CHARTER, CEOS, NASA, ESA, the World Bank, etc. A total of 15 topic reports were delivered at the seminar.
First, Barbara Ryan briefly introduced the main plans of GEO in the field of disaster mitigation. Next, Stephen Briggs, Head of ESA Earth Observation Program Planning and Coordination, elaborated on CHARTER’s promotion of the space data sharing plan for global disaster reduction. Then, Pedro Basabe, Head of UNISDR Regional Office for Africa in Nairobi, reported the progress in the implementation of the Post-2015 Work Plan of the United Nations Hyogo Framework for Action. After that, Pascal Peduzzi, Head of the UNEP Global Change & Vulnerability Unit, gave an introduction to the operation of the global disaster risk data platform. At the Seminar, Professor Chen Fang delivered a special report entitled “CAS-TWAS SDIM Capacity Building Plan for Developing Countries on Space Technology for Disaster Mitigation”, which detailed developing countries’ implementation of the SDIM collaborative research, scientific advisory and talent cultivation plans on space technology for disaster mitigation.

Professor Chen attended all the subsequent meetings on various topics of GEO-X, where he had discussions with representatives of CEOS, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and NOAA on collaborative research in developing nations in such areas as earth observation, aerial remote sensing, space remote sensing, etc.

Professor Chen Fang Giving a Report