Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan inaugurates Eye on Earth Summit 2015

Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan inaugurates Eye on Earth Summit 2015International summit reinforces UAE’s ambition to transition to a green economy   Abu Dhabi, [6 October 2015] – Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the board of trustees of the Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, today inaugurated the second Eye on Earth Summit at the St.

Regis Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi. Taking place from 6-8 October and themed “Informed Decision-Making for Sustainable Development”, the Summit casts a spotlight on the role governments, technology, the scientific community and citizen participation play in enhancing access to quality data about the state of the world’s resources.   Held under the patronage of The President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Eye on Earth Summit 2015 underscores the government’s commitment to making the UAE a global hub and successful model for green economy and sustainable development.   More than 650 delegates from government agencies, UN organisations, NGOs, the private sector, academia and civil society have convened in Abu Dhabi for the three-day Summit.

As the first international gathering of sustainability stakeholders to follow the release of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Summit will highlight the crucial role data plays in delivering the post-2015 development agenda.   The opening day saw delegates reaffirm the Eye on Earth Summit Declaration and its 14 guiding principles. An outcome of the inaugural 2011 Summit, which has since been endorsed by 48 countries, the Declaration commits signatories to enhancing and integrating environmental, social and economic data and information to advance sustainable development.   The next three days will see more than 150 prominent speakers explore in detail the supply, demand and enabling conditions of data for sustainable development, with the objective of reaching consensus on several outcomes.

Other outcomes include the formation of new partnerships, the implementation of data governance frameworks and the promotion of new environmental data policies in countries where this is most needed. Read More...


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