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Clinton to address 'Eye on Earth Abu Dhabi'.

Summary: ABU DHABI - Former US president Bill Clinton has confirmed to be the keynote speaker at the Eye on Earth Abu Dhabi 2011 Summit to be held from December 12 to 15.

ABU DHABI - Former US president Bill Clinton has confirmed to be the keynote speaker at the Eye on Earth Abu Dhabi 2011 Summit to be held from December 12 to 15.

Hosted by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), with the help of the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the summit will convene world experts to facilitate greater access to environmental and social information --especially for emerging economies.

"With the AGEDI mandate, the UAE has advocated the importance of environmental and social information gathering and access to emerging economies, and the Eye on Earth Abu Dhabi 2011 Summit places the issue on the world stage and sets an agenda for action," said Shaikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and chairman of EAD.

The AGEDI was launched in 2002 at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, under the guidance and patronage of the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and commissioned to help the world's emerging economies to acquire and best environmental information.

"The UAE government considers environmental information and collaboration on rigorous data-gathering as a crucial step toward sustainable development," added Mohammed Al Bowardi, Secretary-General of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, Managing Director of the EAD and Chairman of Eye on Earth.

"The Eye on Earth Abu Dhabi 2011 Summit underlines the importance of ensuring that this data is accessible for all those who need it. This is essential to moving the world towards a future founded on informed policy-making."

The summit will convene world leaders and experts in environmental and social information networking, asked to reach consensus on greater data accessibility and encourage stakeholders to collaborate to strengthen existing data access initiatives, and launch new ones. A main goal is the environmental and social data community's adoption of the Eye on Earth Summit Declaration -- a document that will provide input to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) to be held in June 2012.

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