Who We Are

Inaugurated in 2002 by H. H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) was formed to address the need for readily accessible, accurate environmental data and information for all those who need it. Supported by Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) on a local level, and championed by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), regionally and internationally, AGEDI works to bridge the environmental data and information gap between developed and developing countries, and facilitate and enhance the information exchange for more effective, accurate environmental decision making.

Focusing on 'best-impact', our aim is to:
  • . Convene the best minds in the world.
  • . Converge data and information. Provide knowledge and understanding
  • . Collaborate for the future.


In order to achieve these aims, the AGEDI team works with Partners throughout the world to help it access environmental and societal data. Amongst these Partners include the Environment Agency- Abu Dhabi (EAD), which supports AGEDI locally, and the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), providing its aid regionally and globally.

The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) was established in 1996 to preserve Abu Dhabi’s natural heritage, protect our future, and raise awareness about environmental issues. EAD is Abu Dhabi’s environmental regulator and advises the government on environmental policy. It works to create sustainable communities, and protect and conserve wildlife and natural resources. EAD also works to ensure integrated and sustainable water resources management, to ensure clean air and minimise climate change and its impacts.

UNEP, which was established in 1972, is considered the strategic partner for AGEDI. It acts as the main voice for the environment within the United Nations system, in environmental issues at the global and regional level. UNEP’s mission is ‘to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations’. UNEP is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.
UNEP also has a wide network of partners to help it accomplish its aims. These include other UN entities, international organizations, national governments, the private sector, and the civil society.
Only together with its Partners can AGEDI strive towards a greener growth towards sustainable development.

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