Oceans and Society: Blue Planet

The Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO) led, on behalf of Oceans United, the creation, within the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), of the Task “Oceans and Society: the Blue Planet”. This Task is a component of the 2012-2015 GEO Work Plan, and assembles all the ocean-related work within GEO under a single umbrella.

The Kick-Off Symposium for Blue Planet was held in November 2012 on Ilhabela, SP, Brazil. Click here for more information on the 1st Symposium. The 2nd Blue Planet Symposium will be held in Cairns, Australia from 27-29 May 2015

Kick-Off Symposium Group photo

GEO Plenary Sessions

GEO was founded in 2005 in response to calls for action by the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development and by the Group of Eight leading industrialized countries (G8). These high-level meetings recognized that international collaboration is essential for exploiting the growing potential of Earth observations to support decision making in an increasingly complex and environmentally stressed world.

GEO is a voluntary partnership of governments and international organisations. It provides a framework within which these partners can develop new projects and coordinate their strategies and investments. As of October 2010, its Members included 89 Nations and the European Commission. In addition, 67 intergovernmental, international, and regional organizations with a mandate in Earth observation, or related issues, have been recognized as Participating Organizations. POGO, GOOS and CEOS are among these.

The remit of GEO is to build a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), and POGO, GOOS and other organisations under the umbrella of Oceans United, are striving for the continued development of the Ocean component of GEOSS.

Plenary Sessions take place at least once a year at the level of senior officials, and periodically at a ministerial level. POGO attended all three Ministerial Summits (2007, 2010 and 2014). Find out more.