Eye on Earth Movement Operations

Transformational change on a multi-dimensional, global scale, deeply interconnected challenge like sustainable development requires coordinated, cross-sector input. In this spirit, the Eye on Earth operations framework involves stakeholder organizations of all types actively contributing their specialist knowledge and perspectives to tackle systemic challenges to deliver collective, replicable outcomes.

In October 2014, EAD and UNEP invited three more organisations, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) to join the newly formed Eye on Earth Alliance. The Alliance is therefore a consortium of global, thematic and regional Network partners responsible for building and mobilizing international support as well as leading the Eye on Earth movement through its Network Coordination Unit (NCU), to advance the mission statement.

One of the roles of the Alliance is to help define the priorities, functions and emerging issues that the EoE movement can address and tackle.

The aim for these five (5) organisations is to provide the EoE movement with the necessary global leverage and contribute to enabling the movement’s vision at a strategic level; they utilize their deep knowledge of the issues, stakeholder challenges, research activities and innovations, policy agendas and resourcing opportunities to inspire, guide and support synergistic collaboration between themselves and the global Community in ways that provide net overall benefit to all parties.


Network Coordination Unit (NCU)

The NCU provides enabling secretariat services to the stakeholders. The NCU comprises a small team provided by the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) which contribute to a diversity of administrative and coordinating support to the stakeholder Community. Through EAD’s generous contribution of staff time the NCU provides a mission-critical catalysis function that allows the vast knowledge of the Community and the Institutional capabilities of the Alliance partners to be leveraged towards the Eye on Earth Mission. In addition to enabling staff time EAD provides, through the NCU, various communication and collaboration software platforms.