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EAD, UNEP Sign Agreement to Establish the Joint Eye on Earth Secretariat
2012-06-23 14:05:57
Abu Dhabi, 23 June, 2012 (WAM) - The Environment Agency- Abu Dhabi (EAD) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have signed a landmark agreement to establish the joint Eye on Earth Secretariat to oversee the implementation of the eight Special Initiatives and commitments of the Eye on Earth Summit held in Abu Dhabi (12-15 December 2011).

The Abu Dhabi Summit brought together over 900 multi-sector stakeholders to address the issue of "access to environmental and societal data and information by all those who need it" and advance the sustainable development agenda.

The Summit endorsed the Eye on Earth Declaration and approved eight Eye on Earth Special Initiatives encompassing the following 5 critical issue areas - Oceans '&' Blue Carbon, Disaster Management, Water Security, Community Sustainability and Resiliency, and Biodiversity.

The thematic centric Special Initiatives are underpinned by 3 cross-cutting, foundation Special Initiatives; Global Network of Networks, Environmental Education and Access to Information. Technology support and capacity building for developing countries will be mainstreamed into all eight initiatives.

The new Secretariat will commence work immediately and among its priority actions will be the implementation of the Special Initiatives; partnership building and networking, expanding the Eye on Earth Community; delivering integrated information services, capacity building and promoting the principles of the Declaration.

The integration of the economic, environmental and social pillars of sustainable development is a theme running through �The Future We Want'. This is also an objective of the Eye on Earth process but the focus is on data access and integration and the delivery of interoperable information services. The Eye on Earth Community is therefore well positioned to assist the post-UNCSD process by fostering knowledge sharing for sustainable development and a Green Economy.

It was announced today that the next Eye on Earth Summit will be held in 2014 in Abu Dhabi.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP/PNUMA) has announced today their commitment to donate their exhibition pavilion at the Athlete's Park, Rio Centro at the closure of the UNCSD Rio+20. The UNEP pavilion will be donated to local grassroots environmentally driven community initiative - Programa Rio Sustentavel (Sustentavel) that works on improving the Community Sustainability and Resiliency of Rio de Janeiro through waste management, water and energy programmes. Beyond waste management Sustentavel raises environmental and social awareness among public and private businesses, through recycling services and �green jobs' training programmes for at-risk youth and the local communities of Rio de Janeiro. Rio Sustentavel's programmes support the City of Rio de Janeiro, the public and private sector with a triple bottom line - of fully integrated social, environmental and economic services.

With the endorsement Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes of and Insituto Pereira Passos (IPP), UNEP has provided Sustentavel with a location for Coleta Seletiva Solidaria.

The Coleta Seletiva Solidaria is a strategy that aims at building an institutional culture for a new model of waste management promoting social inclusions and access to citizenship work and income through community-based cooperatives. Coope Liberdade one such community cooperative participating in the initiative will receive the UNEP pavilion.

The UNEP Pavilion was designed and built using recyclable materials; from the fit-out and infrastructure made from recycled timber and sustainably grown bamboo to the theatre, a repurposed shipping container. Facilitated by Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), the gifting will take place on 25 June 2012 when the pavilion will transform from an exhibition hub for UNEP, Eye on Earth, Microsoft and Siemens into a community-based facility for Coop Liberdade.

The Programme Director of Rio Sustentavel expressed her most sincere appreciation "not in my wildest dreams could I have imagined such an opportunity would come for Rio Sustent?vel. This has provided a shelter for Coop Liberdade to work from enabling job creation and youth education".

The UNEP Rio+20 Pavilion donation has also received significant support and encouragement from the Joint Initiative on Urban Sustainability (JIUS), a public-private partnership between the US and Brazil, announced by Presidents Obama and Rousseff last year and led by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Brazilian Ministry of Environment, and the City and State of Rio de Janeiro.

The donated UNEP Pavilion will provide Rio Sustentavel with a new workspace that will enable them to provide greater recycling services for businesses and the public as well as a new �green jobs' training facility for youth from the local community - creating a truly sustainable "legacy gift" from Rio+20.

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