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Update on progress made by space agencies involved in global observations in their coordinated response to relevant needs of the Global Climate Observing System and the Convention. Submission from the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites.

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The Conference of the Parties, by decision 9/CP.15, encouraged the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) to continue coordinating and supporting the implementation of the satellite component of the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS). At its thirty-third session,1 the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) welcomed the coordinated response by the CEOS to the relevant needs of the GCOS implementation plan and those of the Convention, and the progress and commitment by space agencies involved in climate observations to address the space-based component of the GCOS and improve climate monitoring capabilities from space on a sustained basis. The SBSTA encouraged Parties that support the space agencies involved in global observations to continue, through CEOS, cooperation with and support to the GCOS, and to respond to the relevant needs identified in the 2010 updated GCOS implementation plan. The SBSTA invited the CEOS to provide, by SBSTA 37, an updated report on progress made on major achievements in relevant areas. In response of this invitation, India has submitted the above-mentioned progress report on behalf of the CEOS. An abridged version of this report is reproduced in this document. The full report will be made available at and at . In accordance with the procedure for miscellaneous documents, this submission is attached and reproduced in the language in which it was received and without formal editing

Item 7 of the provisional agenda
Research and systematic observation
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United Nations Office at Geneva | Geneva (Switzerland) | 16/10/2012