`Eye on Earth` summit planned in Abu Dhabi

As policy-makers continue to address global environmental issues from climate change to biodiversity loss, from land degradation to water pollution, a multi-partner initiative is calling upon all major players in the international environmental arena to bridge the global environmental knowledge gap.

A cooperative and systematic approach through a broad network which builds capacity and takes advantage of cutting edge information and communication technologies will achieve the immediate objective of providing quality and timely information to decision makers.

Addressing this and other similar challenges requires a global perspective, coordinated intervention and a common basis for sharing knowledge and information, upon which well informed decisions and policies can be built.

Many initiatives are already under way, reflecting a diversity of objectives and approaches. The challenge is to strengthen and accelerate multilateral cooperation, bringing together governments, donors, United Nations agencies, international and regional organisations, the science community, NGOs and the private sector.

Building on the success of the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) which was launched by the United Arab Emirates, in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002, Abu Dhabi is now calling for an 'Eye on Earth' Global Summit to take such action forward.

Speaking at the 11th Special Session of UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environmental Forum in Bali, Mr. Majid Al-Mansouri, Secretary General of the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), announced that EAD would be hosting this Summit in Abu Dhabi on November 15-17, 2010.

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