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Leaders at Eye on Earth Summit 2015 commit to helping the global community meet the Sustainable Development Goals

// 08 Oct 2015

At the closing of the Eye on Earth Summit 2015 in Abu Dhabi today, leaders of the Eye on Earth Alliance partner organisations reinforced their commitment to helping the global community meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

“It is the obligation of each Alliance member to continue nurturing the Eye on Earth community into a stronger and more closely aligned vision for the future. Each commits their resources, influence and expertise to ensure the continued existence of the Eye on Earth community into the long-term future, not only to guarantee the free and open access to environmental and societal data, but also to assist and guide the global community in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals,” stated Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary General of the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi, in her closing address.

Leaders at Eye on Earth Summit 2015 commit to helping the global community meet the Sustainable Development Goals

The Eye on Earth Alliance is represented by the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) through the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and new partners Group on Earth Observations (GEO), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and World Resources Institute (WRI).

The entities are united in their efforts to commit resources and facilitate connections to help close the data gap that currently hampers decision- and policy-making for sustainable development. Together, the Eye on Earth Alliance partners will engage with more government agencies, UN organisations, NGOs, the private sector, academia and civil society from across the globe to help advance the mission of Eye on Earth.

H.E. Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak also called on Summit delegates and the wider global community to support the efforts of Eye on Earth in improving the availability of, and access to, data and information for sustainable development.

“It is no longer possible for one entity, agency, government or region to work independently. No one member can carry the burden alone. We must share the responsibility and we must collectively strengthen our resolve. The task ahead is too large and too important. We need to commit to a shared future where environmental and societal data can improve decisions that lead to a more sustainable planet,” said Al Mubarak.