Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) – Our Story

Our Story

The lack of quality, quantifiable environmental data has proven a major hindrance to the global process of achieving sustainable development.

The result is that throughout the world socio-economic and environmental decision makers are being challenged to make vital decisions without the necessary data.

In this spirit, the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) was launched on 2 September 2002, at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as a Type II Initiative.

Today Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD)champions AGEDI locally, whilst the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) champions it regionally and globally.

Initially contributing to the development and launch of AGEDI was UAE’s concern about the approach and criteria used for the results of the Environmental Sustainability Index (ESI), produced by the World Economic Forum in February 2002. The UAE in this Index was ranked 141 out of 142 countries, with an ESI of 25.7.

It was recognised that the application of non-Region specific measures and associated indicators presented skewed results. The need to ensure readily accessible, accurate and relevant data from which to inform sound environmental management, monitoring and performance was emphasised.

Under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan a Steering Panel was formed and entrusted with the responsibility of preparing the proposal to establish AGEDI. Made public on May 2, 2002, international dialogue then took place which initially promoted the Initiative in the United States and to the United Nations.

Today, AGEDI works with Partners, Members and stakeholders throughout the world to achieve a more sustainable future through ‘best-impact’ access to environmental and societal data. Our focus is on the support of developing countries and emerging economies. Amongst others our Partners (link to our partners subpage) include UNEP, EEA, MoEW and WWF-EWS.

We welcome you as part of our future.

 
 
 
This piece is taken from the website of the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI).
 
 
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