The Declaration of Abu Dhabi was successfully launched on 28 October at the GLOBALG.A.P. SUMMIT2014 with a panel discussion and formal signing ceremony, supporting video message from the UN Global Compact and a dedicated music video.  The initiating signatories included 38 organizations representing producer groups, manufacturers, retailers, government agencies, standards setters, product and service providers, academic and civil society organizations.  The signatories’ collaboration convened its inaugural meeting on 29 October to discuss goals, interim period governance and next steps.  The collaboration approved an Interim Steering Committee, chamber structure, three technical committees and other supporting opportunities for signatories to play to ensure the successful development of the initiative. Today, the technical committees are active and convening, new signatories are joining, and significant progress is being made toward the common set of criteria and unique farm identification.