GEO Week 2021

Event Teaser
03 Nov 2021 - 11 16:13 -
Group on Earth Observations

What to expect?

This year is one of the most important with major milestones linked to global policy agendas. There is the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, there is also the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration. These all bring a new set of challenges and opportunities for the international EO community.

During GEO Week 2021, we will present the many activities of the GEO work programme that address these areas. Notably through the lens of nexus thinking to highlight how the use of EO in different sectors contributes to these efforts and why integration across thematic areas is essential.

GEO-17 Plenary

The GEO-17 Plenary Sessions will be held 23-26 November. The timing of sessions is shown below in the Week at Glance.


Registration includes GEO Plenary Sessions, Anchor Sessions, the Youth Track, Side Events and the Industry Track, which are open to everyone. The 56th GEO Executive Committee meeting is a closed event.

GEO Week 2021 Platform

The platform for GEO Week 2021 is AirMeet. Instructions regarding access to and use of the platform will be communicated to you closer to the start of GEO Week 2021.


Plenary sessions will be broadcast live and the session recordings will be made available afterwards. We hope to receive all delegation nominations before the start of Plenary-17.

Anchor Sessions and Side Events

These virtual, interactive events will take place throughout the week and aim to address the various aspects of the GEO work programme, as well as the nexus possibilities across activities. Recordings of the sessions will be made available on the GEO website.


Member statements will be made available on the GEO Week website on 23 November. The call for statements was published in July 2021.

Session Descriptions

Opening Session: All attendees will be provided with an overview of all planned activities, including welcome speeches and a keynote speech to set the tone for the week.

Plenary Sessions: Under the banner of Accelerating Action in GEO, a series of sessions will look at the GEO work programme, in particular progress on the GEO engagement priorities and the activities of the GEO working groups.

Anchor Sessions: These are the main events designed by GEO Week 2021 organizing team to explain the multidisciplinary nature of GEO through the concept of nexus thinking. Working on multiple topics simultaneously is essential in today's rapidly changing environmental and social conditions. For example, work in one area will have a knock-on effect or impact in another area, including synergies and trade-offs. These events are linked to the global policy agendas that underpin most of the GEO community’s work.

Side Events: These highlight the activities of the GEO community engaged in the GEO work programme, including progress since the last meetings and plans for the upcoming period. Each session will last 50 minutes.

Virtual Networking: Breaks between sessions will provide an opportunity for attendees to meet and discuss GEO Week topics. This networking will take place in a dedicated room.