Nov 03, 2014

EUMETSAT Passes CEOS Chairmanship to Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

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[SatNews] The 28th plenary session of the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) brought the annual EUMETSAT Chairmanship of CEOS to a successful conclusion.

The meeting reviewed the achievements of CEOS in the past 12 months and the future activities planned under the first CEOS three-year work plan released in June 2014. This plan gives the finishing touch to the implementation of the new governance adopted by CEOS at the end of 2013 and provides the reference against which progress will be assessed.

Discussions focused on the support of CEOS to disaster risk reduction, climate research and the development of climate services, taking into account the outcome of the Climate Symposium organised in October by EUMETSAT and the World Climate Research Program and global initiatives undertaken by the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO).

Through the so-called Tromsø statement, CEOS agencies affirmed their preparedness to contribute inputs to three strategic events planned in 2015, namely the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan; the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, France; and GEO’s 12th Plenary Session and Ministerial Summit.

“I am pleased to see that the progress achieved under EUMETSAT’s chairmanship has prepared CEOS for the three international events scheduled in 2015,” said EUMETSAT Director-General Alain Ratier.

The 28th plenary session ended with EUMETSAT handing over the rotating annual chairmanship of CEOS to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The event was hosted by the Norwegian Space Center and the Norwegian Meteorological Service in Tromsø, Norway, on October 29 – 20.