Framework Commitee

The Framework Committee (FC) works to define the overarching conceptual framework for the Summit inclusive of the programme design for the plenary and session talks as well as input to the exhibit and edutainment venues and the clarification of Special Initiative outcomes. This includes implementing the Summit’s vision and mission and setting the goals and objectives based on the outputs of the Working Groups. This Committee conducts more of the “hands-on” work to ensure the correct path for the Summit’s programme and collaborate with the Executive Advisory Board and Working Groups to shape the plenary, talks, closing sessions and exhibition elements of the event. In general principle, this Group is responsible for:

  • Facilitating the selection and mobilisation of the Working Group members;
  • Compiling and synthesising the outputs of the Working Groups;
  • Reporting to and taking executive direction from the Executive Advisory Board at selected junctures;
  • Supporting the identification, articulation, evaluation and prioritisation of EoE Special Initiatives to be announced in the Summit Closing Plenary;
  • Forming the process for and content of the Rio +20 Sessions specifically;
  • Addressing cross-Working Group themes within the Summit programme.

The themes addressed by this committee may include but are not limited to the following:

  • The “ecology” of existing effective information federations of various types based on looking at the history, case examples, principles, practices and lessons learned from 20 years of the Internet and through existing information federations around the world;
  • Role of governance in empowering different organised federations to tap into and utilise an underlying environmental information infrastructure;
  • Policy and regulatory frameworks that can enable and empower information federations;
  • The range of needs of scientists, managers, planners and policy makers;
  • Thematic and geographic areas of interest, including various scales of concern (local, national, regional, global);
  • The use of shared environmental data and information for assessing the state of the environment.

Framework Committee Members


Cathrine Armour, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi

UNEP Secretariats

Adel Abululkader, United Nations Environment Program
, United Nations Environment Program


Jeff Huntington/ David Stanners, European Environment Agency (EEA)
Michael Williams, Group on Earth Observations (GEO)
Aart van Wingerden, Env. Systems Research Institute (ESRI)
Felix Dodds, Stakeholder Forum
Basanta Shrestha, Int’l Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
Steven Ramage, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
Abbas Rajabifard, Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI)
Mark Sorensen, Geographic Planning Collaborative, Inc. (GPC)
, Google, Inc.
Michael Goodchild, UC Santa Barbara
Nick King/Tim Hirsch, Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
Jeremy Wates, European Environmental Bureau
Phyllis Johnson, SARDC-IMERCSA
Ghulam Malikyar, Afghanistan NEPA
William Sonntag, US EPA