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EoE Fact Sheets

EoE Fact Sheets

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Published by: Keith Parker on Aug 25, 2011
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Eye on Earth Summit & Exhibition
From a moment to a movement.
Under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE,
Eye on Earth
is a global summitmeeting devoted to the issue of greater access to environmental and societal data.The Summit is facilitated by Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) and hosted by Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi(EAD) in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).The vision of
Eye on Earth
was formed almost ten years ago, the moment when Abu Dhabi Global Environment Data Initiative (AGEDI)was announced, on 2 September 2002, at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg by the UnitedArab Emirates (UAE) as a Type II Initiative.The need to ensure readily accessible, accurate and relevant data from which to inform sound environmental management, monitoringand performance was emphasised.
Under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan,President of the UAE
Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative
PO Box 45553 | Abu Dhabi | United Arab EmiratesT : +971 2 445 4777 | F : +971 2 446 3339 | eoecommunity@ead.ae
Today’s challenges have grown beyond those faced in 2002.
Water scarcity, food security and climate change are issues of policy that require action and solutions that extend beyondpolitical boundaries. The need for collaboration, information and understanding is greater than ever.
Eye on Earth
will address this challenge by convening world leaders, the environmental and societal informationnetworking movement and others to:
to celebrate ‘best-impact’ data initiatives from around the globe;
on key issues to reach consensus on solutions to greater data accessibility;
to strengthen existing initiatives and, where necessary, to launch new ones.
Attendees will include:
Heads of international environmental and development institutionsExecutives of the world’s major geospatial and data processing corporationsGlobal philanthropists, developmental and environmental activistsMinisters of environment and developmentExecutives of statistical and standards bodiesExecutives of major land-user corporationsThe foremost academics active in the field
Access to environmental knowledge is critical. Wise decision-making depends on an ever-growing pool of often-unavailable data. It may be absent, inaccessible or simply hidden.Emerging economies are losing valuable environmental assets as a result of inaccurate decision-making caused by thelack of useable quality data. Much of the world’s growing flood of data is inaccessible. Incompatible standards, bureaucratichurdles, unsuitable operating procedures, lack of open access or mere ignorance of its existence are as much of a prob-lem as missing data per se. These are issues that can only be resolved by a concerted effort of all those involved, frominformation specialists to policymakers.
To register your interest, or if you would like to receive regular updates about the
Eye on Earth Summit and Exhibition
,please visit
“Across the world, sharing information has always been crucial to good decision-making. Ensuring that environmentaland societal data is accessible to all those who need it whether scientists, communities, governments or thought-leaders, is essential to moving the world towards a future founded oninformed policy-making. This is especially the case in emerging economiesand to ensure sustainable development patterns and I am very proud thatEAD will be hosting this summit,” said H.E. Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak,Secretary General of EAD.Welcoming the announcement of the Summit, Achim Steiner, ExecutiveDirector of UNEP said: “In the run-up to the 2012 UN Conference onSustainable Development, Eye on Earth presents a timely opportunity toidentify practical measures to bridge the environmental knowledge gapand deliver the information and data needed to support a transition to alow carbon, resource efficient global Green Economy.”
Informing a sustainable world.
Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) was launched by the United Arab Emirates Government, under theguidance and patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the United Nations World Summit for SustainableDevelopment in Johannesburg in 2002, to address the impact of missing or weak environmental data on emerging economies’ effortsto achieve sustainable development.Socio-economic and environmental sectors throughout the world, and particular those of emerging economies, are potentiallylosing valuable assets as a result of inaccurate decision-making caused by the lack of useable quality data.AGEDI was also formed to address the UAE’s concerns regarding the approach and criteria used for the results of the EnvironmentalSustainability Index (ESI), produced by the World Economic Forum in February 2002, which had ranked the UAE 141 out of 142countries. It was recognised that the application of non-region specific measures and associated indicators presented skewedresults. The need to ensure readily accessible, accurate and relevant data from which to inform sound environmental management,monitoring and performance was emphasised.

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