The Zayed Sustainability Prize Newsletter Q2 - 2022

Innovating for Humanity


One Week Left to Apply! #RiseWithThePrize

There's just one week left to apply to the Zayed Sustainability Prize's 2023 award cycle.

The Prize's five categories address the growing set of development challenges the world faces today. Small-to-medium sized enterprises and non-profit organisations can submit entries in one of the four categories of Health, Food, Energy, or Water. Their solutions must demonstrate that they are improving access to essential products or services and have a long-term vision for improved living and working conditions.

High school students can submit entries in the Global High Schools category. These student-led proposals must be based on one or more of the following sectors: Health, Food, Energy and Water, and must demonstrate how they will enhance their school or local community.

Now's your chance to amplify your impact and get the recognition you deserve. #RiseWithThePrize. Apply today

Submissions are open until 6 July 2022. Read more


Building New Partnerships to Advance Sustainable Development


Representatives from the Zayed Sustainability Prize engaged with sustainability leaders and pioneers through global events in key markets


Helsinki, Finland | 7 June 2022

Remy Ghalayini, Chief Technology Officer of GLOBHE, a 2020 Prize winner in the Health category, delivered a presentation at the Arctic 15, a business event that matches investors with innovative start-ups from the region to accelerate innovation. He shared his experience of winning the Prize and how it helped GLOBHE scale up their drone operations, allowing them to assist in the prevention and response of disasters and outbreaks more efficiently.


Paris, France | 23 June 2022

Dr. Lamya Fawwaz, Executive Director of Brand & Strategic Initiatives at Masdar and Director of the Zayed Sustainability Prize, gave the keynote speech at a networking luncheon in Paris hosted by the UAE Embassy, where she was joined by H.E. Hend Mana Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to France, and 2020 Prize winner Electriciens Sans Frontieres. They raised awareness of the Prize's growing impact and engaged with new partners on ways to accelerate sustainable development around the globe.


Seoul, South Korea | 23 June 2022

Dr. Han Seung Soo, Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea and Vice Chair of the Zayed Sustainability Prize Jury, delivered a speech at a networking event in South Korea hosted by the UAE Embassy. He was joined by H.E. Abdulla Saif Al Nuaimi, UAE Ambassador to South Korea. The event provided insights into how Korean participants could further accelerate sustainable development through their impactful, innovative and inspiring solutions.


Kigali, Rwanda | 27 June 2022

AfriLabs, the largest pan-African network of technology and innovation hubs, hosted an awareness session in Rwanda to encourage local participation in the 2023 Zayed Sustainability Prize.


Nairobi, Kenya | 28 June 2022

The Association of Startup and SMEs Enablers of Kenya (ASSEK), a leading association that supports the growth and development of start-ups and SMEs in Kenya, hosted an awareness session in Nairobi to encourage local participation in the 2023 Zayed Sustainability Prize.


A global, grassroots movement committed to providing affordable, sustainable solar light to the developing world.
Liter of Light trains local community members to turn inexpensive, readily available materials into high quality solar lighting, empowering communities while extending electricity access.
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Solar lighting systems have the potential to reduce the use of kerosene lanterns and other costly and dirty forms of light in areas that lack electricity but getting these clean lights where they are needed most remains a challenge.


As a social enterprise, Liter of Light redesigns lighting for the developing world. Their hand-built solar lighting technologies create local jobs, teach green skills, and empower energy-poor and disaster-stricken communities.


Bloom Nepal School Turns Food Waste into Clean Fuel

In April 2022, the private semi-boarding K-12 school in Mahalaxmi, Nepal, announced that its winning project proposal - a waste-to-energy converting biodigester and rooftop solar plant - was successfully installed at its Lubhoo campus, which caters to more than 300 students. The students persevered with their project despite delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The new biodigester and solar plant provides efficient and sustainable energy supply at the school while reducing waste and improving air quality. Read More



Refugees are powerless in more ways than one

Herve Gouyet, President of Electriciens sans frontieres, a 2020 Zayed Sustainability Prize winner in the Energy category, explains how his non-profit works with organisations to effectively meet the energy and safety needs of refugee populations around the world by deploying clean lighting solutions in refugee camps.
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Protect our planet like our health depends on it

H.E. Dr. Maha Barakat, Director General of the Frontline Heroes Office and a Senior Advisor at Mubadala, and Selection Committee Member of the Zayed Sustainability Prize, shows how the link between disease and climate presents a great opportunity to achieve widespread health benefits by addressing the climate crisis head on. Read more

Investing in our future is key to saving our planet

H.E. Olafur Ragnar Grimmson, Former President of Iceland and Zayed Sustainability Prize Jury Chair, explains how achieving the transformative, rapid change necessary to preserving our planet can only be made by investing in new clean technologies and the visionaries behind them.
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'Voices of Sustainability' was launched by the Zayed Sustainability Prize as a platform to hear from the world's sustainability thought leaders and to stay on the pulse of the rapidly evolving clean energy transition.
With over 1.5 million views, we are proud to promote a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities the energy transition brings through our virtual fireside chats.

Powering a Just Transition

Produced under the theme of 'Powering a Just Transition,' the 13th episode of Voices of Sustainability, the Prize's virtual fireside chat series, aired on June 29, 2022.

The episode featured energy experts and guest speakers Kristina Haverkam, Managing Director at the German Energy Agency, and Manuel Kuehn, VP of Global Sales New Energy Business at Siemens Energy. They explored the role of energy diversification and how new innovations in technology and financing mechanisms will help to decarbonise energy systems while simultaneously increasing energy access to the most vulnerable communities. Watch here

Financing the Gap

The next episode of Voices of Sustainability, scheduled to air in July, will be held under the theme of "Financing the Gap".

Guest speakers will discuss how much climate funding is needed, and how to get it to the people that need it most, to bring global emissions to net zero by mid-century and make the greatest impact on global well-being and prosperity for years to come.

Upcoming series' schedule, topics, and special guests will be announced ahead of time on our social media channels.

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