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Friday October 7, 2022

Geo Week 2022

Ghana is hosting GEO Week 2022, the 18th Annual Meeting of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), from today, Monday, 31st October to Friday, 4th November, 2022 at the Accra International Conference Centre.

Amid mounting environmental challenges and rapid technological advances, the meeting will make evident how global partnerships are accelerating the use of Earth observations to inform better local decisions on issues such as climate adaptation as well as food and water security.

Earth observations are data and information collected about our planet. This includes satellite data, as well as in situ data collected on the ground. GEO is a global partnership that works to make these observations openly available around the world. It also convenes partnerships which produce Earth observation-based tools and services to enable better decisions, policies and investments.

Ghana, represented by the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), has been a member of the GEO since 2010, and is honoured to host GEO Week 2022. The event will feature several high-level speakers, including H.E. Vice President of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, who will deliver the keynote address during the Opening Session of the Plenary on Wednesday, 2nd November, 2022 at 9:00 am.

Other high-level speakers include Ghana’s Minister responsible for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Dr. Kwaku Afriyie; Ghana’s Minister responsible for Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Samuel Abu Jinapor; Dr. Thembi Xaba,
Managing Director, Digital Earth Africa; Dr. Paul Desanker, Manager, Adaptation Division of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC )Secretariat; as well as Ms. Nicole LeBoeuf, Assistant Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service.

Making reference to the significance of Ghana hosting GEO Week 2022, Ghana’s Minister responsible for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Kwaku Afriyie has stated:

“As the GEO Principal for Ghana, I see this as an important opportunity, as we also kick start our implementation of the National Space Science Policy.”

GEO Week is designed as an opportunity for knowledge exchange, learning and international collaboration. It comprises the Plenary—decision-making sessions that are open only to GEO delegations— as well as a series of side events and an exhibition.

Topics on the agenda include Operational services for Africa—including the Digital Earth Africa Initiative—nature based solutions, National Adaptation Plans and GEO’s Post- 2025 Strategy. The side events include an industry track which will focus on public-private partnerships, and a youth track, which provides young people (including students and early career professionals) from around the world with opportunities to share their experiences and connect with private sector companies. These side events are open to participants working on Earth observations and relevant policy areas from youth, academia, civil society, the private sector and other groups, following registration for the event.

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