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Summit 2011 Outcomes

“It was my pleasure to be here, at this historic Eye on Earth Summit. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates. Thank you for hosting this summit in partnership with the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, and the United Nations Environment Programme. And thank you to the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative, for fashioning this inspiring program”

Sha ZuKang

Secretary-General, Unite Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), Rio+20

“UNEP and the UN system as a whole congratulates the organizers on the Eye on Earth Special Initiatives proposed as contributions to Rio+20 and beyond. I am delighted that here at the Eye on Earth Summit that the Network of Networks Special Initiative involving the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency, European Environment Agency, ESRI,UNEP and others is officially launched”.

Achim Steiner

Executive Director, UNEP

“The United States strongly supports this summit and commends the Government of the UAE for its initiative to drive it forward. The Eye on Earth demonstrates leadership,and served as ‘a beacon’ for the other countries in the region”.

Daniel Reifsnyder

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Sustainable Development, U.S. Department of State

“The event itself came off beautifully. So, congratulations on your efforts. It was a real contribution to the work of repairing our world. On behalf of myself and National Geographic, thank you for the opportunity to participate.”

Daniel Edelson

Vice President for Education, National Geographic Society

“If I were presented with an opportunity to choose my top 3 events with geospatial significance, the Eye on Earth Summit and Exhibition Abu Dhabi would be on the list.In terms of prominent speakers, useful content, business networking, amazing choreography and inspiration, this event had it all.”

Steven Ramage

Executive Director, Marketing and Communications The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)

Decisions & Outcomes from Eye on Earth Summit, Dec 10-12 2011, Abu Dhabi

Eye on Earth Summit Declaration

Endorsed by 48 (16 countries plus 32 European member countries) identifies the imperativeness of access to environmental data and information as a foundation for sustainable development.

Declaration signed and endorsed at closing ceremony by H.E. Dr Rashid Ahmad bin Fahd, Minister of MoEW, Peter Gilruth, on behalf of Achim Steiner Executive Director, UNEP &Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary General EAD

Eight Special Initiatives

8 Special Initiatives were announced on the final day of the summit representing the most critical issues relative to the availability of timely, accurate and accessible environmental and societal data by all those who need it. 5 Thematic and 3 Foundational Special Initiatives.

5 Thematic Special Initiatives announced Eye on Water, Eye on Oceans: Blue Carbon, Eye on Biodiversity, Eye on Community Sustainability and Resiliency, Eye on Disaster Management,

3 Foundational Special Initiatives announced; Eye on Network of Networks, Eye on Access4all, Eye on Environmental Education

AGEDI facilitates the coordination of the Special Initiatives community Since the inaugural Eye on Earth Summit:

June 2012: Inclusion of Eye on Earth in Para 274. Rio+20 ( Future we Want Outcome Document )

July 2012: Joint Secretariat between Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi/AGEDI and UNEP formalized for coordination and management of the Special Initiatives community engagement

March 2013: Dublin Eye on Earth User Conference, alignment with key stakeholders of a common agenda.

To facilitate the sharing of environmental, societal and economic data and information, provided by the diversity of knowledge communities, to support sustainable development.