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Flagship Projects

Rio +20 United Nation Conference on Sustainable Development

RioTwentyPlusSquareLogoClient: United Nations
Location: Rio, Brazil
Starting Year: 2011

At the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development 20-22 June 2012, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from government, the private sector, NGOs and other groups came together to shape how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet to get to 'the future we want' - and formally document the commitments in a focused political document. Under leadership of the Brazilian Government, 193 Member States of the United Nations made agreement on a wide range of actions, among many which include:

  •  launching a process to establish sustainable development goals;
  •  detailing how the green economy can be used as a tool to achieve sustainable development;
  •  strengthening the UN Environment Programme and establishing a new forum for sustainable development;
  •  promoting corporate sustainability reporting measures;
  •  taking steps to go beyond GDP to assess the well‐being of a country;
  •  developing a strategy for sustainable development financing;
  •  adopting a framework for tackling sustainable consumption and production;
  •  focusing on improving gender equality;
  •  stressing the need to engage civil society and incorporate science into policy; and
  •  recognizing the importance of voluntary commitments on sustainable development.

    It was the United Nations biggest Conference ever and a major step forward in achieving a sustainable future. Rio+20 marks the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) which took place in Rio de Janeiro.

    The UN Rio+20 – Eye on Earth Initiative brought together April Bucksbaum, Executive Director of the Baum Foundation, Raymond Chavez, Senior VP for the GPC Group, Marta Salas-Porras, Creative Director at Obscura Digital and Elisabeth Guilbaud-Cox, Deputy Director Head of Communications with the UNEP Regional Office for North America. Their collaboration included all aspects of design and development of the Rio+20 event brand, logo, communication and marketing campaign which required coordination among the entire UN family of organizations.  Following is a link to an illustrative example to one of the Rio+20 – 'The Future We Want' communication and marketing plans designed and produced by April Bucksbaum, Raymond Chavez, Marta Salas-Porras and collaborating partners for the Eye on Earth - UN Environment Programme Rio +20 Pavilion and Multimedia outreach campaign: http://bit.ly/UNRio20EoE







GFIAlogosquareClient: Ministry of Presidential Affairs, UAE
Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE
Starting Year: May 2014

The annual Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) was convened in Abu Dhabi during March 2015. GFIA is under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA).  The theme for GFIA 2015 was Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA). The world’s population is growing, and natural resources are diminishing. This problem is well documented, but to avoid a major catastrophe the world has to find a way to produce 56% more food by 2050. The answer lies in innovation. Innovation in agriculture gives us a real chance of feeding nine billion people using less resource and with no environmental damage. It has the potential to offer solutions to combat global warming, protect vital biodiversity and provide technologies that can improve nutrition and social prosperity in developing countries.

The 2015 GFIA Summit PrinceCharlesWebImage2was inaugurated with a video message from HRH Prince Charles - please visit the GFIA website here http://www.innovationsinagriculture.com/ to view. Below are video addresses from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for GFIA 2015, an overview video of the day for GFIA 2015, and a message from Bill Gates for GFIA 2014.  



Raymond Chavez is a GPC Group member, and served as a Senior Producer and Program Development Advisor for GFIA.GPC’s work with GFIA focused on securing high-level strategic partnerships, sponsors and VIP keynote speakers for the GFIA – CSA Summit.  This included negotiating agreements, to produce special GFIA video messages from HRH Prince Charles and U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry to feature as part of the GFIA Summit opening ceremony and on the GFIA website.  GPC's Raymond Chavez established strategic partnerships for GFIA with the Clinton Climate Initiative, Digital Globe, Esri, Global Environment Facility, National Geographic, USAID and the World Bank, among others. GPC’s work with GFIA also included helping to secure participation by national delegations from more than 70 countries including Ministers of Agriculture from: Brazil, Costa Rica, Ireland, France, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Spain, UAE, UK, US and Vietnam as well as from 24 African Union countries. For more information, please see www.innovationsinagriculture.com.



Abu Dhabi Street Addressing

Client: Department of Municipal Affairs
Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE
Starting Year: 2013

AD-StreetThe Department of Municipal Affairs of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (DMA), under the direction of the General Secretariat for the Executive Council (GSEC), and in coordination with Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Western Region Municipalities, have initiated the Abu Dhabi Street Address, Geonames and Signage System (ADAGS) Project. The Project intends to modernise, standardise and formalise the way places are named and located across the Emirate. These will be in line with international best practices and draw on local culture and heritage in its adoption.  
Several organisations have accomplished significant advances in various aspects of geographic naming (geonaming), street addressing, and signage within different jurisdictions of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi over the past several years.  Good progress has been made in many of these areas and the ADAGS Project intends to build on, strengthen and integrate all the existing standards, policies and guidelines to a single coordinated framework for the entire Emirate.  This is expected to later serve as a model for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as a Country-wide system.

The ADAGS Project promoted under the Onwani (My Address) brand, will oversee the implementation of over 180,000 unique building addresses, 19,000 street names, review 240 district boundaries and install 49,000 new street and district signs – covering 87% of the UAE. The result is expected to improve how businesses and homes are referenced and located in ways that will provide benefit across all segments of Abu Dhabi society; improve emergency response time, assist faster delivery of goods and services, reduce carbon footprint, support public health, education, planning and operations, stimulate economic growth, and encourage residents and tourists to explore more destinations.

The Project will create for the first time a unified addressing platform, where the public and private sector can operate from a common location database. This will also serve as a powerful mechanism to integrate and cross-reference existing geocodes and databases to enhance operating efficiencies and effectiveness.
In delivering the ADAGS Project, there are seven fundamental components that form the project’s foundations:

  1. A Strategic Plan,
  2. Policies, Authority and Organisation,
  3. Geoname Standards,
  4. Street Addressing Standards,
  5. Street Sign Standards,
  6. Information System and Data Production,
  7. An Outreach and Awareness Initiative.

The alignment of these components will result in having a comprehensive addressing infrastructure for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. GPC has supported the Project’s development from the start, through the Bayanat Consortium.

Abu Dhabi GeoSmart Roadmap

Client: Department of Municipal Affairs
Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE
Starting Year: 2013

AD-GeoSmartThe Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA) was established in 2007 to perform the duties of Emirate-wide facilitator and regulator of municipal strategic vision, as well as, the planning and implementation of municipal projects in particular those common across all the three municipalities. This includes coordinating and supporting the GIS technology practices of the Municipalities to support the delivery of efficient and effective services that will result in greater customer satisfaction.  Today, one of DMA’s key drivers in achieving this goal is the implementation of an enterprise level GIS business processes and technical applications that will support the efficient and cost effective delivery of municipal services.  The implementation of an enterprise GIS of this nature will require a detailed plan with logical steps that results from comprehensive analysis of the needs of the Municipalities and supported by international best practices. The Consolidated Enterprise GIS and Municipal Spatial Data Infrastructure Roadmap (GeoSmart Roadmap) Project is designed to deliver such a product in the form of a strategic Program Design and implementation Plan, which can be used by  the Municipalities and DMA to realize the program.

The GeoSmart Roadmap will be the blueprint for the implementation of Enterprise GISs within each municipality and DMA. These Enterprise GISs will result in transformation of GIS from a business function within the organizations to a resource to be embedded into the business of the municipalities. This will in turn support a GeoSmart Abu Dhabi where technological advancements and institutional innovation produce a world class smart local government environment that delivers effective, proactive and innovative government services.

An Enterprise GIS is designed to meet the needs of an environment, thus changes in the, environment and advances in technology will have significant influence on an Enterprise GIS. Therefore, a strategic plan needs to be dynamic and capable of reflecting the necessary changes required to support the needs of the users. That is, the Consolidated Enterprise GIS strategic Plan should be reviewed regularly to ensure that it is providing the necessary guidance for the required Enterprise GIS and Municipal SDI (MSDI).

In delivering the Roadmap Project, there are thirteen fundamental components that form the project’s foundations:

  1. A Situation Assessment Report,
  2. Recent Status Report,
  3. International Best Practices Report,
  4. Data Inventory and Assessment Report,
  5. Needs Analysis,
  6. Strategic Plan,
  7. Program Design,
  8. Training and Capacity Building Plan,
  9. Operations Plan,
  10. An Implementation Plan,
  11. Program and Projects Alignment Plan,
  12. Consolidated Organizational Charts,
  13. Project Handover.
The alignment of these components will result in having a comprehensive GIS Roadmap for DMA and the municipalities.

No Objection Certificate (NOC) Program

Client: Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Center
Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE
Starting Year: 2011

AD-eNOCUnder the direction and support of Abu Dhabi Government and in an ongoing effort to realize the government objectives, Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre (ADSIC) has initiated the No Objection Certificate Program for Utilities and Infrastructure in Abu Dhabi (NOC) as a strategic government initiative. Within a collaborative partnership framework with ADSIC, The GPC Group has embarked on addressing the project strategic planning and implementation by combining local expertise with global sound practices. The business engagement was initiated in 2011 with the Master Planning phase while the three-stage-program implementation started in early 2013.  The program was designed in collaboration with the municipalities and 19 stakeholder entities to streamline NOC operations and operating procedures among all the stakeholders, which shall contribute to improving the efficiency of permits and approvals procedures and processes. The Vision of the NOC Program is to enable “An investor friendly government and society proactively encouraging and facilitating sustainable and resilient community development opportunities in Abu Dhabi”.

The NOC Program initiation was triggered by the rapid pace of urban development in Abu Dhabi which fuels an average of 15,000 permits and approvals transactions annually. These result in approximately 100,000 No-Objection-Certificate (NOC) transactions being prompted every year by public, private and government entities, with each having to endure the processing complexities of the system. Such complexity consumes excessive time and effort by involved parties, thus adding financial burden on investors.  Therefore, the prime objectives of the program focused on protecting valuable infrastructure assets, enhancing integrated government business processes, raising customer satisfaction and improving the overall investment environment.

In delivering the NOC Project’s planning, GPC employed its methodology which included addressing the NOC process full life cycle and tackling the business, institutional and technological frameworks to ensure delivering a comprehensive solution with tangible short and long term results. To make sure the NOC Common Solution satisfies business needs while being feasible to implement and deploy, continuous involvement of stakeholders is integrated within the program development processes. The NOC Program is planned along three stages of implementation: the foundation and establishment stage, the reinforcement and institutionalization stage, and the adaptation and performance management stage. The current foundation and establishment stage includes the development of a governance framework, implementing a common NOC Solution and addressing related policies and legislations. The reinforcement and institutionalization stage includes integrating with and supporting the development of individual entities’ NOC systems, the implementation of a one-call location facility and further developing the institutional and governance tracks. The final stage focuses on the adaptation and performance management, which includes the development of systematic processes for continually improving management practices and policies and reaching a matured integration with Abu-Dhabi e-Government Program.

Having the NOC Program sustainable success as the ultimate goal, a multifaceted operations approach is adopted in the implementation phase which includes: securing the commitment and collaboration of all stakeholders; developing a solid governance model; conducting capacity building; aligning related business processes unification of roles and responsibilities among the stakeholders entities; securing the availability of high quality data and leveraging related government services, among other activities. Today, the NOC program community has expended covering stakeholders from various sectors including municipal, utilities, transport, oil & gas, safety & security among others. Each entity is represented by specialists from various business and technical domains related to NOCs including strategy & planning, corporate services, asset management & planning, projects, customer service, IT/GIS, HSE, and permits & approvals. The continual integration of all business, technical and human aspects topped with a close supervision and continuous direct support from the leadership are among the most critical factors of the NOC Program.