The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), as co-founder of the Eye on Earth movement, in partnership with the UAE Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority (FCSA) and the Eye on Earth Alliance are delighted to invite all who support evidence-based decision making for environmental and natural resource aspects of sustainable development to Convene, Converge and Collaborate at an Eye on Earth Symposium.  The Symposium will be held at the Mina A’Salam Hotel in Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates from 22-24 Oct. 2018.   Participation in the Eye on Earth (EoE) Symposium is free of charge.

The FCSA, with support from the Statistics Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, under the guidance of the United Nations Statistical Commission and the High-Level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, will concurrently be hosting the 2nd United Nations World Data Forum (UNWDF) also at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.

Topics of common interest are listed in the outcome document of the preceding UNWDF (objectives 3.3, 3.4, 3.6, 4.1 and 5.1)

Please note the UNWDF and the EoE Symposium are independently organised events.

The Eye on Earth Symposium Described

The Symposium comprises two ~50 person meeting rooms and an adjacent networking area.

The Symposium is a working/outcomes-focused event.  The focus is on progressing the EoE Vision by catalyzing and strengthening bilateral and multi-lateral partnerships.

The Symposium content is provided by members of the EoE Global Community.

The Symposium content is a mixture of presentations with Q&A, panel discussions, and in-depth, interactive, multi-hour workshops.

We plan to webcast the Symposium sessions for those unable to attend in person. Remote participants will be able to see, hear and speak.

Symposium Programme

The following is the list of session titles.   Timings; webcast links and session abstracts will be added in the near future.  Please revisit this page on a frequent basis.

Follow #EyeOnEarthSymposium  on social media for regular updates and Symposium news.

Session Title Speaker Institutions
Cataloguing Indigenous Knowledge Enda Energie, Senegal
Improving and harmonizing air quality data to map air quality worldwide, and identify sources of air pollution and health impacts. Featuring a case study from Abu Dhabi World Health Organization, Regional Centre for Environmental Health Action and Environment Agency Abu Dhabi
Applied System of Systems approach to the 2030 Agenda Environmental Research Institute (ESRI)
Promoting generation, access, and use, of gender disaggregated data and information in Natural Resources Management Southern African Research & Documentation Centre (SARDC)
Big data for toxic exposure assessment and prevention to make a safer world by 2030 University of Tehran
Doing Business Differently Global Islands Partnership (GLISPA)
Framework of Environmental Economic Accounting (SEEA) serving environmental policies for Sustainable Development and the SDG United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA)
Resource Watch – Monitoring the Planet’s Pulse World Resources Institute
Global Environmental Education Partnership: Building a global champion for Environmental Education Global Environmental Education Partnership; North American Association for Environmental Education et al
Global Environmental Education Partnership:(Workshop) Global Environmental Education Partnership; North American Association for Environmental Education et al
Environmental Conventions Index: Measuring the implementation of global environmental conventions Univ. of Massachusetts, Universidad EAFIT, UN Environment
WWF-Kilimanjaro mapper and WWF field kit for unlocking community based environmental monitoring (a Citizen Science Approach) WWF-Tanzania
Environmental Communication in Visual Media Jim Toomey
Citizen Science Workshop: The Contribution of Non-traditional Data in addressing the Sustainable Development Goals IIASA, European Citizen Science Association; Citizen Science Global Partnership
African SDGs data mapping Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE)
The Citizen Science Global Community – Organising to Deliver Massive Engagement and Big Data: Learn how the Global Partnership is focusing on making a major contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals University of Zurich; European Citizen Science Association; Citizen Science Global Partnership
IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Workshop: assessing the risk of the world’s ecosystems IUCN
Data Challenges and Opportunities for Implementing the SDGs in the Arab Region Dr Adel Farid et al
The Biodiversity Indicators Partnership (BIP) Dashboard: Tracking Trends for Conservation Biodiversity Indicators Partnership
Global Forest Link: Engaging Youth Worldwide in Collaborative Environmental Analysis and Decision Making Community Commons
Data for Climate Change Adaptation Earth Matters Consulting & Acclimatise
Enhanced Earth Science Data Discovery and Integration with Research Workbenches: the EarthCube Data Discovery Hub University of California, San Diego
Visual Analysis of SDG Indicators and Environmental Surveys with SuAVE University of California, San Diego
UN Biodiversity Lab: Empowering Policymakers to Use and Apply Spatial Data UNDP
Ideation challenge – Global environmental issues at the brink of transformational information and capacity building solutions US-EPA
Africa Regional Data Cube Group on Earth Observations, GPSDD and African Partners
Integration and disaggregation of biodiversity data towards sustinable development IUCN, Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, Birdlife; IBAT; UNEP-WCMC et al
Introducing the Indicator Reporting Information System (IRIS) AGEDI Partnership (EAD and UN Environment)
The Indicator Reporting Information System (Workshop) AGEDI Partnership (EAD and UN Environment)
UN Environment World Situation Room UN Environment
UN Environment SDG Deep Dive UN Environment
Eye on Earth Governance Meeting (by invitation only) Private Meeting (Alliance Partners and Community Representatives)

Attend the Eye on Earth Symposium

To register for general (non-presenting/delegate) attendance at the Eye on Earth Symposium CLICK HERE

Discounted Flights, Accommodation and Travel Advice

As hosts of both the UN World Data Forum and the Eye on Earth Symposium the UAE Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority have generously extended the Forum’s discounted travel rates to Eye on Earth.  CLICK HERE FOR DISCOUNTED FLIGHTS AND TRAVEL INFORMATION

Speakers that have requested travel/accommodation support will be contacted directly by the event organizers.

  • Upcoming Events

    1. Eye On Earth Symposium

      October 22, 2018 - October 24, 2018
    2. UN World Data Forum 2018, Dubai, U.A.E.

      October 22, 2018 @ 08:00 - October 24, 2018 @ 17:00 GST