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Meet the 2020 Finalists

Zayed Sustainability Prize 2020 reveals 30 finalists across five categories

Concluding the Prize’s annual Jury Meeting in October, the finalists of the Zayed Sustainability Prize 2020 were announced – with 30 candidates now vying to win up to 10 awards, across the five categories.

Global sustainability challenges addressed by the finalists include nutrition, healthcare, water scarcity, energy, and disaster relief – and these are being tackled through a variety of technologies including: artificial intelligence (AI), biotech, The Internet of Things (IoT), phone apps, drones, community infrastructure, and affordable payment platforms. Many of the finalists also offer programmes in training, social entrepreneurialism, and gender empowerment.

About the Prize winners
About the Prize winners


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We Care Solar recently signed an MOU with the Republic of Zimbabwe, expanding the Solar Suitcase Programme to all districts whose maternal services institutions have no access to conventional grid electricity. Prior to the signing, the Programme had already installed solar lighting equipment at 90 health facilities, in Zimbabwe. Read more

Earlier this year, We Care Solar launched the third edition of the Solar Suitcase – making it 20% cheaper and easier to produce to scale. It is also 15% more powerful, operational all night long, with lights that were redesigned to be medical-grade LED lamps. The longer lifespan Lithium batteries mean that each suitcase has a life-expectancy of at least five years, with virtually no maintenance. Read more


  Student voices


The Aouda Saadia School: A model for wider Morocco

Global High Schools Winner 2018

Click play on the video, to hear students at the Aouda Saadia School describe, in their own words, the importance of their project and how winning the Zayed Sustainability Prize has impacted their lives.

Since winning the Prize, Aouda Saadia School has installed solar panels to generate electricity that benefits 1,076 students, including 240 interns and seven administrative staff. The kitchen and refectory, dormitory rooms, library, reading room, computer room, and multimedia room, are all currently powered by solar energy. In addition, 380 LED lamps have been installed at the school, in two phases. Importantly, the project has led to a surge of interest in renewable energies and sustainability solutions, as evidenced by student enrolment numbers at the environmental club; four groups of 25 students each (12-15 years and 16-20 years) are currently enrolled.


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Delivering affordable, universal access to healthcare for the 5.8 billion people currently living in emerging countries, is a task acknowledged to be beyond many governments to handle alone; however, the 2020 Health Category finalists are proving SMEs and NPOs can support such efforts.

The finalists, along with Jeremy Laurance, Selection Committee Member for the Prize’s Health Category, provide their take on the key issues relating to global health challenges and meeting the UN SDG 2030 targets. To read more, click here.

Although farming is one of humanity’s oldest trades, our planet’s ever-growing population and depleting natural resources demand that we meet the same food challenges – but with newer, better and more dynamic solutions than ever before.

In the short interview the follows, the 2020 Food Category finalists, along with Daphne Ewing-Chow, Selection Committee Member for the Prize’s Food Category, provide expert commentary on important solutions put forth by the finalists – with a focus on the evolution of the industry and how it is becoming more inclusive. To read more, click here.

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The 2020 Energy Category finalists are excellent examples of SMEs and NPOs that are supporting efforts to provide affordable clean energy solutions— as they help ensure progress towards the 17 UN SDGs.

The finalists, along with Dr. Andreas Jacobs, Member of the Prize Jury, share their specialist commentary on some of the key issues affecting the energy sector, and the impact new and affordable technologies may have, going forward. To read more, click here.

As global water demand is projected to increase by 55% – more than 40% of the global population is projected to be living in areas of severe water stress by 2050.

The 2020 Water Category finalists, along with Vice-Chair of the Prize Jury, Dr. Han Seung-soo, provide expert commentary on important solutions that tackle complex water challenges – with a focus on the humanitarian and ethical implications of these new technologies. click here.


How we can achieve a clean energy future

By Bertrand Piccard, Chairman of Solar Impulse Foundation, Selection Committee Member for Zayed Sustainability Prize

On the occasion of World Science Day for Peace and Development, marked earlier this month, Bertrand Piccard encourages governments, industries, educational systems and civil society, to play a key role in renewing national and international commitment towards the use of science for the benefit of societies – particularly in the fight against climate change.

To learn more about how he believes humankind can rise to the occasion and deliver a clean energy future in the next few years, click here.


The 2020 Awards Ceremony

The Zayed Sustainability Prize 2020 winners will be announced on January 13th at the annual awards ceremony, which is set to take place from 11am-12pm following the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) opening ceremony.

Explore the ADSW story and programme of activities here.

Stay tuned to our social media channels and website for further updates leading up to the 2020 winners’ announcement.


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