Wednesday 3 March


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.


  • Mr. MITANI Hidehiro, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
  • Dr. Gilberto Camara, Secretariat Director, GEO secretariat


  • Dr. ANDO Kentaro, AOGEO Coordination Board Co-Chair, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)


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.


  • Australia: Dr. David Hudson, Senior Advisor Earth Observation, Geoscience Australia
  • Bangladesh: Mr. Shamsuddin Ahmed, Director, Bangladesh Meteorological Department
  • China: Dr WANG Qi'an, Director of GEO China Secretariat and Director General of National Remote Sensing Center, Ministry of Science and Technology of China
  • India: Mr. Shri Umamaheswaran, Scientific Secretary, Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD)
  • Japan: Mr. HORIUCHI Yoshinori, Deputy Director-General, Research and Development Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
  • Korea: Mr. Chang-Yune Lee, Director-General, Space and Nuclear Energy Bureau, Ministry of Science and ICT(MSIT)
  • Mongolia: Sevjid ENKHTUVSHIN, Director General, National Agency for Meteorology and Environment Monitoring of Mongolia
  • Thailand: Mr. Tatiya Chuentragun, Deputy Director, Geo-informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA)
  • Vietnam: Dr. Vu Anh Tuan, Vice. director general, Vietnam National Space Center
  • Cambodia: Dr. Meng Kimhor, Deputy Director General, National Institute of Statistics, Ministry of Planning
  • Indonesia: Lembaga Penerbangan dan Antariksa Nasional (LAPAN)


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.

  • 1. Introduce the NSO’s expectation for EO in supporting the SDG monitoring and reporting.
  • 2. Bring together and encourage the dialogue among statistical community and EO community and the use of EO data for monitoring and reporting the progress of SDGs indicators.
  • 3. Share the knowledge/experiences and develop good practices of EO use for SDGs in AOGEO countries with support of EO4SDG Initiative.

Session Co-chairs

  • Ms. Gemma Van Halderen, Director of the Statistics Division in the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
  • Mr. OCHIAI Osamu, Manager for SAOC, JAXA; EO4SDG Co-lead

1. Introduction by the co-chairs (5 min)

  • Ms. Gemma Van Halderen
  • Mr. OCHIAI Osamu

2. The latest discussion of SDG Indicators and the expectation for Earth Observations (15 min)

  • Mr. YOSHIKAI Shojiro, Director-General for Policy Planning on Statistical Standards, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

3. SDGs progress report by Asia Pacific countries (10 min)

  • Ms. Gemma Van Halderen

4. The latest activities of EO4SDG Initiative (10 min)

  • Dr. Argyro Kavvada, Program Manager of SDGs, NASA; EO4SDG Executive Secretary

5. Q&A on the presentations (5 min)

6. Panel Discussion of country cases in applying earth observation data (45 min)

  • Moderators: Mr. OCHIAI Osamu & Ms. Gemma Van Halderen
  • Malaysia: Ms. Jamaliah Jaafar, Head of the Big Data Analytics, Department of Statistics Malaysia
  • Mongolia: Ms. Bolortuya Jambaldorj, Statistician, National Accounts and Statistical Research Department, National Statistical Office of Mongolia
  • Fiji: Ms. Litia Kurisaqila-Mate, Assistant Statistician, Economics Statistics Division, Fiji Bureau of Statistics

7. Wrap-up and closing remarks by the co-chairs (5 min)


The 13th AOGEO Symposium Secretariat (Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan)