Eye on Earth: Abu Dhabi announces commitment to Special Initiatives on Water, Biodiversity, Blue Carbon and Network of Networks
Abu Dhabi, December 15, 2011 – The Eye on Earth Summit Declaration, a key outcome of the Summit, which will provide input to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012, was today signed by the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) after endorsement from the public and representatives of government, business, and civil society.
At the Closing Ceremony of Eye on Earth Abu Dhabi 2011 Summit which included the signing of the Summit Declaration, and attended by H.E. Dr Rashid Ahmad bin Fahd, UAE Minister of Environment and Water and Peter Gilruth, UNEP Director of the Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA), H.E. Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary General, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi and Co-Chair of the Summit, said in her closing remarks:
“In the past 4 days, thousands of people have converged in Abu Dhabi for the Eye on Earth Summit and Exhibition. Not only does this exemplify the diversity and breadth of the Summit attendees, but more importantly it represents the diversity, breadth, and global importance of the environmental and societal data movement… We are united by our common interest and, now, the Eye on Earth Community is emerging. Abu Dhabi is committed to fostering and facilitating this movement, developing its sense of community, and playing a lead role in the development of the Eye on Earth Community.”
The final text of the Eye on Earth Summit Declaration is available for download at www.eyeonearthsummit.org
About Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD)
The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) was established in 1996 to preserve Abu Dhabi’s natural heritage, protect our future, and raise awareness about environmental issues. EAD is Abu Dhabi’s environmental regulator and advises the government on environmental policy. It works to create sustainable communities, and protect and conserve wildlife and natural resources. EAD also works to ensure integrated and sustainable water resources management, to ensure clean air and minimise climate change and its impacts. For more information, visit www.ead.ae