The co-organizers of the 13th AOGEO Symposium, MEXT-Japan and the GEO Secretariat, give welcome remarks with an overview of the event, including a brief introduction of the theme and expectations for the symposium.
Country reports are regarded as the heart of the symposium as it is important to reconnect at regional level in Asia-Oceania (AOGEO) as well as at global level (GEO) to share and learn from each other about how we continue our efforts in EOs and its use to address various challenges, such as climate change, disasters and sustainable development, under the impacts of COVID-19.
The intergovernmental GEO attaches utmost importance to contributing to the SDGs along with other global frameworks. A GEO initiative called EO4SDG has been promoting the emergence and scaling-up of joint efforts and collaboration between users, such as National Statistical Offices (NSOs), and the geospatial and EO communities to demonstrate effective uses of EO data in complementing traditional data systems, such as census data, administrative data, household survey data, and vital statistics, to help achieve the SDG.
This Special Session on SDGs aims at linking AOGEO with statistical community to help integrate EO data with geospatial information and official statistics in national information system to directly support policy making. The session is designed to achieve the following three objectives.