Creating an Inclusive and Supportive GEO community

Blog / July 1, 2021

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) values diversity, recognizing that successful utilization of Earth observations resources to solve humankind’s most pressing problems occurs when there is a sense of belonging for all individuals that enables them to share ideas and experiences as well as foster innovative solutions. Recognizing the value of diversity of thought and life experiences, GEO therefore commits to supporting the development of a dynamic, diverse, and inclusive Earth observation community in which everyone is given the opportunity to participate and benefit, regardless of country of origin, race, gender, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, or ability. This commitment is to ensure that all members of GEO are valued and appreciated for their unique viewpoints and collaborative contributions to the vision and mission of GEO.

Our five-pillar framework outlines a vision that equality, diversity, and inclusion are considered in every aspect of GEO, answering the mandate of the GEO mission to “unlock the power of Earth observations by facilitating their accessibility and application to global decision making within and across many different domains.” We seek to achieve this vision through:

Oversight and Accountability

We have created an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Subgroup to support the strategic aim of developing GEO as an institution that provides a fair, supportive and encouraging networking environment in which a diverse group of participants engage responsibly. The Subgroup will conduct regular audits and provide recommendations to GEO governance and administration.

Community Leadership and Advocacy

We are committed to raising awareness within the Earth observation community of the benefits of inclusive participation by people from all sectors, including government institutions, civil society organisations, non-governmental organisations, academic and research institutions, businesses, and other areas  of expertise to create innovative solutions to local and global challenges.

Creating a Welcoming and Supportive Environment

We strive to maximise diversity in all governance structures of GEO, including meetings and events, at all times 

Outreach and Engagement

We proactively engage a wide range of stakeholder communities to understand their needs through the GEO Work Programme, Regional GEOs, GEO communication channels, as well as national and participating organization coordination mechanisms.

Empowerment through Accessibility

We advocate for and deliver on transparent and standardised accessibility to open Earth observation data, information, and knowledge through the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).


On Monday 21 June, EDI held a session titled “Building the foundation for success: equality, diversity and inclusion in GEO” at the GEO Symposium.

The recording of this interactive session can be found here.

If you would like to make a comment or suggestion regarding the EDI framework, or if you would like to contribute to the work of the EDI Subgroup, please email the Subgroup at secretariat@geosec.org and put “EDI” in the subject line.



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