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Eye on Eye on Earth Summit 2015 - Convene, Converge, Collaborate

6-8 October 2015 | Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)


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Keynote Speakers during the opening ceremony

Eye on Eye on Earth Summit 2015 The 2015 Eye on Earth Summit began today in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), with an opening ceremony featuring keynote speeches from: Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary-General of the Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi (EAD); Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs, UAE; Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme (UNEP); and Rashid Ahmed Mohammed Bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, UAE.

Following the opening ceremony, welcoming addresses were delivered to the plenary by: Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Director General of the UAE Space Agency; Thani Al Zeyoudi, Director of Energy and Climate Change, UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility (GEF); Mathis Wackernagel, President, Global Footprint Network; Robbie Schingler, Co-Founder and President, Planet Labs; and Pierre-Yves Cousteau, Founder, Cousteau Divers.

Seven sessions convened in the afternoon, focusing on data demand in areas such as policymaking, biodiversity monitoring, the Arab region, sustainable development, meeting donors’ information needs, health and business performance.

In the evening, UNEP launched the ‘Implementation Guide for the UNEP Bali Guidelines for the Development of National Legislation on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters.’ Launch events also highlighted the Africa Mountain Atlas and partnerships for conservation of migratory species in the Gulf. A number of side events were also held throughout the evening.

Following an evening reception, Jacqueline McClade, UNEP, presented a wrap-up of the Summit’s first day and announced the winner of the Data Visualization Challenge, Airscapes Singapore.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage, daily reports and a summary report from the Eye on Eye on Earth Summit 2015. Our summary report of the Summit is online in HTML and PDF format. Available in ENB Mobile at: http://enb.iisd.mobi/eoesummit-2015/


Opening Ceremony: Convene, Converge, Collaborate

L-R: Moderator Nima Abu-Wardeh, Broadcast Journalist; Keynote Speakers Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary General, Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD); Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs, UAE; Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP; and Rashid Ahmed Mohammed Bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, UAE


Moderator Nima Abu-Wardeh, Broadcast Journalist


Participants watched an introductory video on the Eye on Earth Summit


Host and Keynote Speaker Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary General, EAD


Participants watched a video of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al ​Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi,
about his commitment to the protection and conservation of the environment.


Keynote Speaker Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs, UAE


Keynote Speaker Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP


Participants listening to Achim Steiner’s speech


Keynote Speaker Rashid Ahmed Mohammed Bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, UAE


Participants during the opening ceremony


L-R: Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary General, EAD; Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs, UAE; and Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP

L-R: Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, GEF, and Jacqueline McGlade, UNEP


The media at the Eye on Eye on Earth Summit 2015


Welcoming Plenary: Data Revolution

Thani Al-Zeyoudi, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UAE, and Permanent Representative of the UAE to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Director General, UAE Space Agency


Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, GEF

Robbie Schingler, Co-Founder and President, Planet Labs


Mathis Wackernagel, President, Global Footprint Network


Pierre-Yves Cousteau, Founder, Cousteau Divers


Participants during plenary


Tracks

Panelists in the session on “Measuring Progress Towards Sustainable Development: Priorities to Meet the Data” (L-R) Moderator Constanza Martinez, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); Peter Stephenson, WWF; Tanya Bryan, GRID Arendal; Eugenie Regan, UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre; and Guido Schmidt-Traub, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)


Panelists in the session on “Arab Region’s Environmental Data Challenges” (L-R) Moderator Adel Farid Abdel-Kader, Trend Green Knowledge; Moderator Ahmed Abdelrehim, Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE); Ahmed Abdulmuttaleb Baharoon, Executive Director, AGEDI; Asma Aba Hussein, Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain; Iyad Abumoghli, UNEP-Regional Office for West Asia (UNEP-ROWA); Taher Al Shakhashir, Minister of Environment, Jordan; Nadia Makram Ebeid, Executive Director, CEDARE; Mohammed Dawood Al-Ahmed, Environment Public Authority, Kuwait; Najib Saab, Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED); and Fathia Abdel Fadil, UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA)


Panelists in the session on “Biodiversity: Data Gaps from Global to Local Practice” (L-R) Majid Al Qassimi, EAD; Moderator
Richard Jenkins, IUCN; Franck Courchamp, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS); Natasha Ali, IUCN;
Healy Hamilton, NatureServe; Moderator Tim Hirsch, Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF); Ackbar Joolia, IUCN;
and Gary Geller, Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON)


Panelists in the session on “Addressing Policymaking Demand for Data: Dialogue Between Decision Makers and Providers” (L-R) Nawal Al Hosany, Masdar; David Rhind, Nuffield Foundation; Kathrine Brekke, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability; Moderator Felix Dodds, University of North Carolina; Ingrid Dillo, Data Archiving and Networked Services; Robert Gurney, University of Reading; and Marcos Silva, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)


Marco Silva, CITES

Moderator Felix Dodds, University of North Carolina


Panelists in the session on “Environmental Data for Business Performance” (L-R) Bartholomew Judd, European Investment Bank (EIB); Leon Bennun, The Biodiversity Consultancy; Simon Wilson, Five Oceans Environmental Services; and Scott Williams, PwC


Panelists in the session on “Building Knowledge for Healthy Lives” (L-R) Hayat Sindi, Founder, i2 institute for imagination and ingenuity; Moderator Jacqueline McGlade, UNEP; Maria Neira, World Health Organization (WHO); Joni Seager, Bentley University; Parrys Raines, Climate Girl; and Iman Nuwayhid, American University of Beirut


Jacqueline McGlade, UNEP

Hayat Sindi, Founder, i2 institute for imagination and ingenuity


Panelists in the session on “Donors’ Demand for Data” (L-R) Barbara Ryan, Secretariat Director, Group on Earth Observations (GEO); Sylvia Lee, Skoll Global Threats Fund; Jackson Kimani, Clinton Foundation; Tom Cummings, Tällberg Foundation and the Global Alliance for Banking on Values; and Adel Farid Abdel-Kader, Trend Green Knowledge


Participants during the track on “Donors’ Demand for Data”


Launch Event: Rio Principle 10 in Action - Launch of the “Implementation Guide for the UNEP Bali Guidelines for the Development of National Legislation on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters”

L-R: Stephen Stec, Central European University; Alexander Juras, UNEP; Carlos de Miguel, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC); and Lalanath de Silva, World Resources Institute (WRI)


Side Event on Collaborative Research and Activist Knowledge for Environmental Justice


Gala Dinner


Around the Summit

L-R: Melanie Hutchinson and Gerard Cunningham, UNEP


Olivia Freeman, ENB Writer

L-R: Mari Luomi and Kimo Goree, IISD Reporting Services




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