Starting Year: 2010
In 2010-2011, GPC supported the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) at the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) in conceiving, planning and implementing the Eye on Earth Summit – a global event in partnership with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) focused on environmental and societal information networking. Held in Abu Dhabi, UAE on 12-15 December 2011, the Summit was a major success with delegates and participants from 87 countries in attendance, endorsement of the Eye on Earth Declaration and announcement of 8 Special Initiatives that the AGEDI Program will support and facilitate.
Read more about the Eye on Earth Summit project here.
With the success of the 2011 Summit, a considerable amount of work remained in order to fulfill commitments to the Special Initiatives. As a result, GPC entered into an agreement with the AGEDI Program to provide consulting services for supporting the facilitation and coordination of 8 Special Initiatives through the Eye on Earth Special Initiatives Secretariat:
- Eye on Oceans and Blue Carbon
- Eye on Biodiversity
- Eye on Water Security
- Eye on Community Sustainability and Resiliency
- Eye on Disaster Management
- Eye on Global Network of Networks
- Eye on Education
- Eye on Access for All
Special Initiatives were developed as part of an intensive stakeholder consultation process leading up to the 2011 Summit and are considered a critical outcome of the Summit that translate the principles of the Summit to “on the ground” commitments and actions. The Special Initiatives seek to fundamentally improve the landscape of environmental and societal information networking for the benefit of mankind from which compelling and tangible benefits can be achieved. GPC supported the Eye on Earth Special Initiatives Secretariat by acting as lead facilitators for each of the 8 Special Initiatives. To do so, GPC worked closely with the AGEDI Program, UNEP and the Eye on Earth Community to facilitate, coordinate and support the advancement of each Initiative as envisioned by the community and the governing body.