The Zayed Sustainability Prize Newsletter

Q1 - 2021       عربى

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About the Prize winners

Innovative Solutions that are Shaping Our Future

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Calling global pioneers with impactful sustainability solutions in Health, Food, Energy, Water and Global High Schools to join us in the pursuit of excellence….

For more than a decade, the Zayed Sustainability Prize has served as a dynamic catalyst for positive transformation, introducing grass roots change and connecting 352 million people with critical sustainability solutions all over the world.

Today, the Prize stands at the forefront of fulfilling the UN Sustainable Development Goals by once again providing a unique platform for small and medium enterprises, non-profit organisations and global high schools to showcase their impact, innovation, and inspiration.

The Zayed Sustainability Prize categories are: Health, Food, Energy, Water and Global High Schools. The Prize’s US$3 million fund rewards winners US$600,000 in each category. The Global High Schools category is split into six world region winners, with each school able to claim up to US$100,000 to start or further expand their project.

Submissions are open until 6 May 2021, via the Prize’s website:

Join us in the pursuit of excellence. Participate today!


Inspired by the legacy of the UAE’s founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, 20by2020 is a high-impact, UAE-driven initiative that champions his enduring sustainability and humanitarian values. 20by2020 oversees the donation of innovative solutions and technologies of previous Prize winners and finalists to vulnerable communities, addressing the world’s most pressing challenges and spanning the key sectors of health, food, energy, and water.

Led by the Prize, 20by2020 brings together a leading and growing roster of partners that include Abu Dhabi Global Market, Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, Mubadala Petroleum, the UAE Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence, Masdar, and BNP Paribas; the most recent partner to join the initiative and the first international private company. Majid Al Futtaim also joined the initiative in support of projects in Jordan and Egypt, earlier this year. Read More

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Cambodia: Water Purfying Fountains benefiting 4,400 Residents across Villages, Schools and a Clinic

Thousands of people across three Cambodian villages can now live safer, healthier lives following the deployment of new water purifying technology as part of the Zayed Sustainability Prize’s UAE-driven humanitarian initiative, 20by2020.

Madagascar: Safe Water Cube’ fountains across five rural areas of the East African country, with the aim of improving the quality of life for approximately 8,500 people on a daily basis.

To help tackle the prevailing challenge of access to potable water in remote communities of Madagascar, the UAE-driven humanitarian initiative; 20by2020, recently installed ‘Safe Water Cube’ fountains across five rural areas of the East African country, with the aim of improving the quality of life for approximately 8,500 people on a daily basis.

Indonesia: Vital solar solutions, improving the lives of more than 21,000 people from a large fishermen community

In a unique collaboration between two leading Zayed Sustainability Prize winners, 4,600 solar lanterns have been distributed to fishing communities living without access to electricity in Indonesia. As part of the 20by2020 initiative’s efforts, fishermen and their families will benefit from household lighting and income generation, enabling greater economic activities by fishing early in the morning and at night.



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The 20by2020 initiative has identified another 12 countries, as part of its second phase, as it seeks to further amplify the international humanitarian drive and reach more vulnerable communities throughout the world, particularly as nations are expected to gradually transition out of the pandemic in 2021.

To ensure the initiative’s continuity and long-term impact, 20by2020 was recently rebranded to Beyond2020, which will be its official name moving forward.

Details about the new countries will be announced in due course and the technology deployments are expected to be rolled out on the ground throughout 2021.


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Empowering Future Leaders

As a holistic award programme covering all facets of the global development agenda, the Zayed Sustainability Prize recognises youth as a driving force for future sustainable development and empowers them to reach their full potential, providing a clear path for them to engage in entrepreneurship and innovation.

Check out our youth panel titled ‘Empowering Future Leaders’, where three inspiring young people highlight their insights and perspectives on a wide range of crucial sustainability issues impacting youth, while showcasing their own successes in advancing specific solutions that improve lives and serve their respective communities. Read More

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With less than a decade left to meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, which aim - among other things - to end poverty and hunger and foster development that protects the planet, the next nine years will be critical in making the world a more sustainable and viable place.

While 2020 has been dominated by global planning for a green recovery from COVID-19, companies and markets are making climate change commitments and accelerating carbon reduction efforts.

So, what does the sustainability discourse look like in 2021 and the post-pandemic era?

The Zayed Sustainability Prize is launching a virtual fireside chats series to take stock of the latest trends and themes in the global sustainable development agenda. Voices of Sustainability will provide a platform for some of the greatest thought leaders of our times to discuss the current state of the world and answer big questions about how we can achieve a transition to an inclusive and prosperous future that leaves no one behind.

Providing valuable industry, market and governance insights, this fireside chats series is not to be missed!

Upcoming series’ schedule, topics, and special guests are being announced ahead of time on our social media channels.

For more details, visit the dedicated 'Voices of Sustainability' page on the 'In Focus' section of our website


Stay tuned to our social media channels and website for the latest news from the Zayed Sustainability Prize and our initiative, Beyond2020

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