In 2010-2011, GPC supported the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) at the Environment Agency“ Abu Dhabi (EAD) conceive, plan and implement 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.
With the success of the 2011 Summit, a considerable amount of work remains in order to fulfill commitments to the Special Initiatives and provide a strong presence for the UAE government on sustainability related issues at the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20). As a result, GPC has entered into an agreement with the AGEDI Program to provide consulting services for 1) supporting the coordination and planning of the UAE government (including Eye on Earth related matters) presence at the Rio +20 Conference; and 2) supporting the facilitation and coordination of 8 Special Initiatives through the Eye on Earth Secretariat.
The Rio +20 Conference marks the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. It will bring together world leaders and thousands of participants from government, private sector, NGOs and other groups to tackle issues on poverty reduction, advancement of social equity and ensuring environmental protection for a global community. GPC will support AGEDI providing as needed facilitation and coordination with the Rio +20 organizers; development of Eye on Earth Side Events; provide for further socialization of the Eye on Earth Declaration and Special Initiatives; and ensure that the UAE government and the AGEDI program interests are well aligned and presented at the Conference.
Eight Special Initiatives were announced at the 2011 Eye on Earth Summit:
- 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 the 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 will support the Eye on Earth Special Initiatives Secretariat by acting as lead facilitators for each of the 8 Special Initiatives. To do so, GPC will work closely with the AGEDI Program 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. Special Initiative related side events will be coordinated for the Rio +20 Conference and clear set of objectives and outcome statements will defined for each Initiative.