Newsletter July 2023


Inspiring Transformations and Engaging with Climate Youth: Prize Director General Visits Bangladesh

The Zayed Sustainability Prize’s Director General and President-Designate for COP28 UAE, H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, traveled to Dhaka, Bangladesh, where he met with previous Prize winners Dipal Barua, SOLshare and LEDARS, who shared how winning the Prize has transformed the lives of the communities they serve. Dr. Al Jaber also met with climate youth delegates and visited Dhakha Residential Model School, where he received updates from the school on its Prize-winning project and engaged with the students and faculty.


Accelerating Climate Innovation for a Net Zero Future

At London Climate Action Week, the Prize convened a roundtable discussion on the role of innovation in the global drive to decarbonise. Thought leaders, experts and investors discussed the scale of the challenge, the many forms innovation can take—from technology to business models - and how financial systems need to evolve to support the sustainable industries of tomorrow in the lead up to COP28 UAE.


Empowering Communities: Driving Climate Innovation with M-KOPA

Discover how M-KOPA, a Kenya-based company and 2015 winner of the Zayed Sustainability Prize, is revolutionising access to clean energy for sub-Saharan African communities. Through their innovative approach that combines mobile technology, solar energy, and micro-payments, M-KOPA is empowering households and fostering sustainable development. Through the recognition and support of the prize, M-KOPA has been able to expand its reach and make a significant impact in improving lives.


Voices of Sustainability – ‘Can AI Save the Planet?’

The 26th episode of Voices of Sustainability, the Prize’s virtual fireside chat series, featured Julius Mugwagwa, Micheline Ayoub and moderator Tim Baldwin. In the episode titled 'Can AI Save the Planet?', which aired on 31 July, the AI researcher and policy maker convened to explore the potential of AI in addressing the world's pressing challenges. While concerns about AI's negative implications are often discussed, this panel shed light on its transformative capacity to advance sustainability goals when harnessed for positive impact.


From Dreams to Impact: The Transformative Power of the Prize at the American School of Dubai

Explore the remarkable journey of the American School of Dubai (ASD) as they turn dreams into real-world impact through their Zayed Sustainability Prize projects. From a Bee Garden to an industrial composter, learn the inspiring story of community building and environmental stewardship. The surprising outcomes have sparked a sustainability movement that has extended far beyond their school.

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