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Published on : Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Abu Dhabi is set to host the Eye on Earth Summit, to be held from Oct 6-8, which will be the world’s foremost event, dedicated to identifying solutions for greater access to, and sharing of, environmental, social and economic data, to address sustainable development, reports Emirates News Agency (WAM).
Reconvening thought leaders, policy makers and innovators from government, UN agencies, NGOs, the private sector, academia and civil society, Eye on Earth Summit 2015, will seek to better understand the supply and demand of data, necessary to secure the future of our planet.
Despite technological and scientific advancements, decision makers often lack vital data on the state of the world’s resources. This problem is known as the “data gap,” and filling it, is critical to the post-2015 development agenda, the shared framework for global action and cooperation on development for the next 15 years.
The Eye on Earth movement, which oversees the summit, extends the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative’s core mission, to facilitate access to quality environmental data that equips policy makers with actionable, timely information to inform and guide critical decisions towards a sustainable future.
“Lending our support to international initiatives like Eye on Earth is necessary to help us realise the sustainable development goals globally and locally under the UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda and the Abu Dhabi Environment Policy Agenda,” said Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary-General of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi.
The Eye on Earth Summit 2015 will cast a spotlight on the role played by governments, technology, the scientific community and citizen participation in closing the data gap and enhancing access to quality data.
With close to 30 sessions over the course of three days, delegates will learn about the potential for ‘big data’ to save the planet and how it can drive the necessary institutional change governments need to make in order to decouple economic growth from the rate of natural resource consumption.