New Caledonia part of the French delegation at GEO week [fr]
The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) is an intergovernmental organisation that brings together 105 Member governments, 127 international organisations, and the private sector. Its aim is to promote the use of Earth Observations data to drive economic growth. Earth Observations (EO) are measurements of our planet (atmosphere, land and oceans) and how it is changing. This data is collected by satellites, aircraft, ships, observatories on the ground and in the water.
The 2019 edition of GEO Week (Canberra, 4-9 November 2019), is expected to attract up to 1,000 government, NGO and industry delegates across over 100 countries. The Ministerial Summit and accompanying Ministerial Roundtable discussion are the centrepieces of the 2019 GEO Week.
This 2019 edition will include an important component dedicated to the Pacific region, to stimulate discussions and challenge the approaches of Pacific island countries and territories representatives, to optimize the implementation of projects in the region.
France, a member of the GEO Group, will attend the GEO week event, with representatives from its Embassy in Canberra, and from the public science sector and private companies. New Caledonia will be part of the French delegation. Led by its Official Representative to Australia, Dr Yves LAFOY, Counsellor at the Embassy of France in Canberra, the New Caledonia’s delegation is made of representatives from the Department of Technologies and Information Services, and the private sector, the BLUECHAM innovative company and the INSIGHT start-up. These three New Caledonia-based entities have seen their technical capacities in Earth Observation acknowledged last year at the Bangkok (ESCAP) and Brisbane meetings, the latter being organised by CSIRO with the collaboration of the French “Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales” (CNES).
BLUECHAM and INSIGHT will participate in the Pacific Island Ideas Stage that will showcase Earth Observation products and services that have the potential to strengthen the region’s resilience and sustainability.
According to the Official Representative of New Caledonia to Australia, who will participate in the High Level Pacific Plenary Panel, “the presence of New Caledonia in the French delegation highlights its regional integration strategy and support for the project to set-up a Pacific Earth Observation Data Platform, the latter being of paramount importance to decision-makers of the Pacific Island countries and territories”. According to him “New Caledonia with its Earth Observation expertise in the public and the private sectors will be a credible partner to advocate for greater coordination between the Australian DataCube and the French Space Climate Observatory initiatives, to the benefit of the Pacific region and its peoples”.