Executive Panel

How earth observation and geospatial play a role in achieving SDGs?


23 Jan 2017 1630 - 1800 hrs
Moderator BARBARA RYAN, Secretariat Director, Group on Earth Observations (GEO),  Switzerland
Moderator BARBARA RYAN Secretariat Director
Group on Earth Observations (GEO)
STEFAN SCHWEINFEST, Director of Statistics Division, United Nations
STEFAN SCHWEINFEST Director of Statistics Division
United Nations
JULIO A. SANTAELLA, President, Instituto Nacional de Estadistica y, Geografia (INEGI), Mexico
Instituto Nacional de Estadistica y
Geografia (INEGI), Mexico
NIGEL CLIFFORD, CEO, Ordnance Survey, UK
Ordnance Survey
Jacqueline McGlade, Chief Scientist, Director, Science Division,  United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Kenya
Jacqueline McGlade Chief Scientist, Director, Science Division
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)


'Integrated Earth Observation and Geospatial Information Management: Empowering Sustainable Development Goals'

In September 2015, the United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. Earth observation and geospatial data, undoubtedly, will be critical supporting tools to measure and monitor those SDGs. While geospatial community, for many years, have articulated and stressed the role, need and value of geospatial information, technology and services to the governments and decision makers; the uptake at policy-level still somehow lag behind.

Geospatial World Forum 2017 shall host an exclusive Ministerial Panel as part of its opening programme on 23 January, giving avenue to Ministers to share their vision, motivation and commitment to achieving SDGs, and how they see Earth observation and geospatial information playing a role in their respective national development programs and masterplans.