Eye on Earth, the need of the Hour

The Diplomatic Insight - - Environment - *Muham­mad Kabir

all 16 par­tic­i­pat­ing gov­ern­ments in­clud­ing, on be­half of the Unit­edArab Emi­rates, H.E Dr. RashidAhmedMo­hammedBin Fa­had, Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­ment and Wa­ter and H.E. Razan Khal­i­faAlMubarak, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, En­vi­ron­men­tA­gency AbuDhabi. Eight Spe­cial Initiatives were an­nounced on the fi­nal day of the sum­mit rep­re­sent­ing the most crit­i­cal is­sues rel­a­tive to the avail­abil­ity of timely, ac­cu­rate and ac­ces­si­ble en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­ci­etal data by all those who need it. Five the­matic and Three frame­work Spe­cial Initiatives. Five the­matic Spe­cial Initiatives an­nounced Eye on Wa­ter, Eye on Oceans: Blue Car­bon, Eye on Bio­di­ver­sity, Eye on Com­mu­nity Sus­tain­abil­ity and Re­siliency, Eye on Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment. Three Frame­work Spe­cial Initiatives an­nounced; Eye on Net­work of Net­works, Eye on Ac­cess4all, Eye onEn­vi­ron­men­tal Ed­u­ca­tion.

Over 800 stu­dents from lo­cal schools, in­sti­tutes and univer­si­ties vis­ited the Eye on Earth Ex­hi­bi­tion for Gen­er­a­tion eYe Day, Mon­day 12th De­cem­ber 2011. Del­e­gates and par­tic­i­pants from 87 dif­fer­ent coun­tries con­vened, con­verged & col­lab­o­rated for the in­au­gu­ral Eye on Earth Sum­mit. Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton's key­note pre­sen­ta­tion “Em­brac­ing the com­mon vi­sion” to the Eye on Earth com­mu­nity, high­lighted the need for ac­tion from the world ex­perts to fa­cil­i­tate greater ac­cess to en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­ci­etal in­for­ma­tion es­pe­cially for emerg­ing economies. Ge­of­frey Robert­son's 'Hy­po­thet­i­cal' lead 14 prominent world­wide en­vi­ron­men­tal and po­lit­i­cal lead­ers into a fic­tional en­vi­ron­men­tal quandary over de­vel­op­ment in their lo­cal town Utopia. By as­sum­ing imag­ined iden­ti­ties in the com­mu­nity and th­ese lead­er­s­made de­ci­sions on the fu­ture of Utopia. Thewri­ter­isSec­re­taryGen­er­alofBa­toolWel­fare


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