Newsletter October 2023


Navigating the Climate Landscape: Prize at MENA Climate Week 2023

This month, the Prize’s Youth Ambassadors made their mark at MENA Climate Week 2023 in Riyadh, hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 8 – 12 October 2023. Our Youth Ambassadors, selected from previous winners in the Global High Schools category, represented the Prize at this important event.


Explore the Prize Forum's Impact at Climate Week NYC

If you missed Climate Week NYC, you can catch up on all the highlights of the Prize Forum. Learn how thought leaders from government, business and civil society came together to discuss pathways for driving progress for both people and the planet. With its theme of ‘Empowering Voices: Driving Climate Action’, the event delved into the crucial role of social innovation, finance, technology and policy in accelerating sustainable, inclusive and equitable solutions. Distinguished speakers like Hon. Dr. Kandeh Yumkella, Racquel Moses, Angela Churie Kallhauge and more, shared their perspectives on creating a more sustainable future.


Youth Ambassadors Drive Climate Action at LACCW 2023

Students from Global High School Prize-winning schools, Destiny Perez and Nailyng Giovannetty Fontalvo, played pivotal roles at the Latin America and the Caribbean Climate Week 2023 (LACCW) held in Panama City, Panama this month. They participated in a session addressing climate change's impacts and stocktaking exercises, with Destiny also joining a panel alongside UNICEF, government representatives from Panama and Colombia, and a Dominican NGO. These Youth Ambassadors actively engage youth, influence the development of upcoming Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), and stress the importance of intergenerational collaboration in tackling climate change.


Accelerating Climate Action Through Shared Responsibility

Climate change presents an urgent moral, social and economic challenge. In an op-ed, Gonzalo Munoz, Co-founder and Vice President, TriCiclos, Manuia and UN Climate Change High-Level Champion, COP25 Presidency, calls for global collaboration, support for small businesses, and empowerment of grassroots initiatives. As COP28 UAE approaches, he emphasises inclusivity and collaboration.


Meet the Food and Water Finalists Redefining Our Future

Discover sustainability pioneers! Get to know the extraordinary innovations of our Food and Water category finalists. Dive into the stories of groundbreaking solutions that are shaping a future of food sustainability for us all. Explore their inspiring journeys and the impact they're creating in each category. Read more about their exceptional work and contributions in the below features.



Local Solutions, Global Impact: MENA Climate Week Reflection

MENA Climate Week in Riyadh offered a powerful platform to spotlight the transformational work of Prize winners across the Middle East and North Africa. From pioneering energy solutions in Jordan's refugee camps to the far-reaching impact of smart solar powered lighting in remote regions, these projects exemplify the influence of local endeavours on a global scale. Dive into the narratives behind the work of past winners to discover how the Prize has played a pivotal role in catalysing meaningful change and transforming lives in the region and beyond.


Eradicating Hunger: The Water-Food Nexus on World Food Day

The Prize recognises World Food Day with a poignant op-ed by Sasha Koo-Oshima, Deputy Director of the Land & Water Division at the FAO. This year's theme, "Water is life, water is food. Leave no one behind," underscores the vital role water plays in nourishing our planet. Discover how embracing water-centric agriculture can pave the way for sustainable food systems that benefit all.



Feast Your Eyes on the Finalists Revolutionising Food Security

Tune in to the latest episode of Voices of Sustainability, which premiered on World Food Day, titled 'Revolutionising Food Sustainability: Meet the Prize's Food Finalists.' In this episode, the Prize introduces the world to our exceptional Food category finalists. Discover how Semilla Nueva, Gaza Urban & Peri-urban Agricultural Platform and Regen Organics are working to create a more equitable and nourished world. Be a part of this dynamic conversation about food sustainability and positive change.



Unlocking a Sustainable Future Using Green TLTROs

In ‘The Case for Green TLTROs’, Garret Molloy, a 2017 Global High Schools Prize winner, explores the financial dimensions of climate change. He discusses the risk of climate-induced inflation and presents the concept of Green Targeted Long Term Refinancing Operations (TLTROs) as a solution to lower interest rates for green investments. Molloy highlights the capital-intensive nature of climate challenges and the need for accessible funding to drive sustainability efforts. He underlines the moral obligation of institutions to support a net-zero transition for the benefit of the planet and future generations.


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