Eye on Earth Summit 2015

UN Environment's Education and Training Unit (EETU) recently particpated in the Eye on Earth Summit, held in UAE's capital, Abu Dhabi, from 6th to 8th October 2015. Guided by the theme for “Informed Decision-Making for Sustainable Development”, the Summit was attended by over 700 participants from over 60 countries comprisng of representatives of governments, scientific and research centres, universities, youth, technology companies, donors, regional and international organisations, UN major groups and stakeholder and UN agencies, funds and programmes.

The Summit was convened under the gracious patronage of the President of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and organised by the Eye on Earth Alliance with generous sponsorship from the Government of Abu Dhabi.

UNEP-EETU provides technical support in the implementation of the Eye on Environmental Education Special Initiative (EoEESI) projects. The EoEESI consolidates and builds on existing environmental education initiatives so as to collectively and effectively contribute towards sustainable development through all the educational arenas. EoEESI is one of the three foundational initiatives that support and facilitate knowledge transfer through effective environmental and societal data and information sharing, vital for other thematic SIs (Eye on Biodiversity, Eye on Community Sustainability and Resiliency, Eye on Disaster Management, Eye on Oceans & Blue Carbon and Eye on Water Security). The other two foundational SIs are Eye on Access for All and Eye on Global Network of Networks.

Objectives of the EoEESI events at the Eye on Earth Summit 2015

  1. Highlight the importance of education, training and support as essential cross-cutting components to the Eye on Earth Initiative;
  2. Showcase achievements of the EoEESI through its seed-funded projects, including In-Service ICT Training for Environmental Professionals (ISEPEI) and Arab States Green University Network;
  3. Promote Low Carbon Universities, Green Campus Networks and GUPES;
  4. Provide an overview of global trends in education as it relates to sustainable development and data driven decision-making;
  5. Explore novel opportunities in promoting South-South and North-South cooperation amongst Universities;
  6. Leveraging GUPES for greater impact for the Eye on Earth community; and
  7. Formulate the future vision of the EoEESI, based on a variety of stakeholder perspectives, from a range of geographical areas and across a range of sectors among others.

Event Summaries and Outcomes: