Mission goals and strategic priorities include: Act according to the European Commission INSPIRE principles and coordinate with the UNSDI development process. Support national/cross-border implementation of the INSPIRE Directive. Awareness raising on SDI at political level. Strengthen cohesion between stakeholders and other interested parties ie. public services, SMEs and SDICs. Provide synergies in local, regional, national and global dimensions with outreach towards EU neighbouring countries
Prof. Guo Huadong, Secretary General of ISDE. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resourcey, 2007
From our daily mail. Prof. Wang Changlin, Director of the Secretariat of ISDE wrote in his recet letter:
"At the 6th plenary session of the Group of Earth Observations (GEO) held in Washington DC on November 17, 2009, the International Society for Earth Observations was accepted to be a participating organization of the GEO, together with International Union of Geological Sciences. The above announcement was made by Dr. José Achache, GEO Secretariat Director at the plenary session. Total 7 organizations including for AIT, CUAHSI, EMWIS TU, ILTER, ISDE, IUGS, and SMEBD applied for being members of the GEO’s Participating Organizations, and the final decision was made at the GEO Executive Committee meeting one day before the Plenary session. In addition, 3 country members joined the GEO this year, which made GEO’s constitution of 83 country members and the European Commission, as well as 58 participating organizations.
At the opening ceremony of the 6th International Symposium on Digital Earth held in Beijing, Dr. José Achache gave a presentation, and mentioning that ISDE had not participated in GEO’s activities, and wish ISDE could make contributions to GEO. Thereby, Prof. Guo Huadong wrote a letter to GEO Secretariat, and on behalf of ISDE submitted a proposal of being a member of the GEO’s participating organizations. The acceptance of ISDE to GEO will strengthen ISDE’s international recognition, and enable ISDE to participate into GEO’s events. For ISDE, it should implement the GEOSS 10 years strategic plan and accept GEO's Cape Town Declaration in 2007.