The Zayed Sustainability Prize Newsletter

Q2 - 2021       عربى

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Zayed Sustainability Prize 2022 Expands Global Reach with Submissions from Record 151 Countries

Following a six-month submissions phase amidst the prevailing restrictions imposed by the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Zayed Sustainability Prize, officially closed entries on 6 May 2021 for its 2022 awards. With a remarkable 4,000 applications received, the Prize marked a notable 68.5% increase in submission entries compared to the previous cycle.

Attracting submissions from a record 151 countries, representing over three quarters of the world’s nations, with the top five being Brazil, India, Kenya, USA and China, the Prize proves to be truly global in its reach and impact. This includes a significant number of entries from innovative, knowledge-based economies, all hoping to have their world-changing solutions and technologies recognised and scaled amidst a rapidly evolving global landscape.

The submissions for the upcoming awards, to be held in January 2022, reflect the current global climate in the lead up to COP26 and in the wake of post-pandemic recovery, with Food (1,201) and Health (879) as the top categories to attract a high number of pioneering solutions, followed by Energy (759) and Water (627). With 534 submissions, the Global High Schools category is perhaps one of the most inspiring results as completing entries in the face of extensive disruption and school closures is a clear sign of the global youth’s commitment to a sustainable future.
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Beyond2020 kicks off with an energy access deployment in Bangladesh

Beyond2020 is the continuation and expansion of the pioneering UAE-led humanitarian initiative 20by2020, which was launched in December 2019 by the Zayed Sustainability Prize in partnership with several leading local and international organisations, including Abu Dhabi Global Market, Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, Mubadala Petroleum, the Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence, Masdar, and BNP Paribas.

Beyond2020 represents Phase 2 of the initiative, having reached 8 countries, and impacted approximately 110,000 people during its first phase and debut year. Beyond2020 remains inspired by the enduring legacy of the UAE’s founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The initiative seeks to continue championing Sheikh Zayed’s sustainability and humanitarian values by providing a unique platform for former Zayed Sustainability Prize winners and finalists to deploy their innovations in communities that need them the most and reach a much wider number of people.

About the Prize winners

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Solar technology lights up the lives of 4,500 residents Rohingya refugees at the Kutupalong camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

The latest deployment by the UAE-driven humanitarian initiative, Beyond2020, installs renewable energy off-grid solutions at the world’s largest refugee camp, enhancing security and creating better conditions for social and community activities after dark for thousands of displaced Rohingya and their families. Read More



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Dr. Ashok Gadgil was awarded the 2012 Lifetime Achievement award for his highly commendable role in exemplifying sustainable invention through his lifelong passion and efforts that span decades. His work has primarily focused on energy innovation and sustainability, across water solutions, but also in the key health – energy nexus.

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Among the many solutions he has pioneered at scale, is UV Waterworks which affordably, effectively and efficiently disinfects drinking water. He is also behind the Berkeley-Darfur stove, which cuts firewood use by 55% and is benefitting 20,700 households in the Darfur refugee camps in Sudan.

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Placing Prize Youth Community Centerstage at the 2021 Mohamed Bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations

We were proud to have two leading youth members from the Zayed Sustainability Prize’s global community recently take part in the 2021 Mohamed Bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations, an online, dialogue-based youth platform that seeks to shape the future youth leaders of the UAE.

Held under the theme of ‘Thriving in The Next Normal’, both Melati Wijsen and Yasmine Gulamhusein, former students of two Global High Schools category winners in Indonesia and the UAE, represented the Prize at this important event. The Majlis also gained further prominence with the UAE preparing to celebrate its Golden Jubilee, next year, inspiring young Emiratis to imagine a future that is more sustainable, smarter, and more inclusive.

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On 29th March 2021, the Zayed Sustainability Prize debuted its long-awaited ‘Voices of Sustainability’; a virtual fireside chat series featuring some of the world’s brightest and most knowledgeable sustainability opinion leaders and subject matter experts, gaining widespread success and garnering a total viewership of over 128,000 to date.

While 2020 has been dominated by global planning for a green recovery from COVID-19, governments and companies are making climate change commitments and accelerating carbon reduction efforts. Against that backdrop, Voices of Sustainability provides a forum for some of the greatest thought leaders of our times to discuss the current state of the world. Through this platform, the Prize is aspiring to answer big questions about how we can transition to an inclusive and prosperous future by addressing the latest trends and themes in the global sustainable development agenda.

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The first episode, titled ‘Leadership as a catalyst for accelerating the transition to a climate-safe future’ featured H.E. Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, a prominent Icelandic political figure who was the longest-serving president of Iceland (1996–2016) and is known for his strong advocacy of environmental issues and climate action.


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For its second episode, Voices of Sustainability hosted David de Rothschild, Founder of Voice for Nature, an NGO committed to reaching some of the world's most remote and fragile regions to bring widespread media attention and solutions to urgent global environmental issues. The avid explorer and environmentalist discussed the need to protecting natural resources in a discussed themed ‘Protecting biodiversity and why it matters’.


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Voices of Sustainability also hosted Ms. Virginie Helias, Chief Sustainability Officer at Procter & Gamble as guest speaker, under the theme of ‘Innovation as the Foundation of a Sustainable Planet’. The highly engaging third episode examined how harnessing innovation and technology can facilitate responsible consumption and catalyse behavioural change towards making more informed consumer choices.


Upcoming series’ schedule, topics, and special guests will be 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 www.ZayedSustainabilityPrize.com

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

www.ZayedSustainabilityPrize.com

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