Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – (COMMERCIAL WIRE) – His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, presented prizes to the 10 winners of the Zayed Sustainability Award with the participation of several world leaders in the Ceremony Annual awards ceremony, coinciding with the start of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.
Now in his 12th The annual US $ 3 million award is the UAE’s pioneering sustainability award for recognizing innovative, impactful and inspiring solutions for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), nonprofit organizations (NPOs) and high schools. Evolving from its previous focus on energy-related solutions, in 2018, this was the second year that the Prize offered awards in a broader scope of five categories in: Health, Food, Energy, Water and Global High Schools.
Speaking before the awards ceremony, Br. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan said: “Each year, the Zayed Sustainability Award marks new achievements in its global mission of rewarding innovation and impact in areas of sustainability and humanitarianism . In this historic year of strategic preparation for the next 50 of the UAE, we are inspired by our shared commitment to honor the vision of our founding father, Sheikh Zayed, who presented the plan for a sustainable future. We hope to continue building on the incredible global impact of the Prize, so that it can continue to transform millions more lives in the coming years. ”
HH added: “The United Arab Emirates, under the leadership of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, continues to strengthen sustainability through a series of programs and initiatives such as the Zayed Sustainability Award, which wins momentum every year in light of its impact and key role in community service and in the dissemination of the UAE donation message. ”
Congratulating the winners, His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed stressed the importance of encouraging the next generation of pioneers and innovators to be champions of sustainability and the important role they will play in advancing their impact on sociocultural and economic development. His Highness also praised the level of sophistication that some of the projects show and the long-term impact it will have at the community level, both globally and locally.
H H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed congratulated the winners and presented prizes in the five categories of the Prize; The Global High Schools category is divided into six winners of the world region.
The event was attended by several heads of state, ministers and other senior dignitaries of the UAE and abroad, as well as previous winners, beneficiaries and finalists of 2020.
In the health category, Sweden GLOBHE He received the award for his drone-based services and his global drone data platform patented for assisting in the prevention and response to health disasters. With more than 3,600 drone pilots, in 48 countries, connected to automatic data analysis platforms, using Artificial Intelligence (AI), the solution has impacted 100,000 people through the intervention of governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to Address the epidemics of cholera and malaria. Malawi and Lake Victoria.
Okuafo Foundation He was the Ghana-based winner in the food category and was recognized for his smartphone application that uses artificial intelligence, machine learning (ML) and data analysis to predict and detect diseases and crop infestations and offers recommended, based solutions in scientific knowledge, really. time. The application has allowed farmers to reduce pesticide expenditures and increase crop and crop productivity by up to 50 percent, thereby increasing their disposable earnings and income.
In the prize energy category, the winner of 2020 was Electricians without borders (EWB). The international nonprofit relief agency was recognized for its provision of high quality solar equipment for refugee camps and for providing training to refugees to repair equipment, thus ensuring long-term access to electricity and solving problems. social as security concerns. To date, its innovative approach has impacted 8,000 lives in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, the world’s largest refugee camp, which has benefited from safe and sustainable lighting, leading to less crime, as well as spaces to rebuild its social and community life. In its global operations, 50,000 people in 38 countries have benefited from 129 ongoing projects, providing more than one million beneficiaries with better access to electricity and water.
Ceres Imagingfrom the USA UU., Was the winner of this year in the Water category and was recognized for its patented spectral image sensors and AI-based analyzes to optimize water use in agriculture. Ceres Imaging data-based technologies have allowed more efficient irrigation practices and sufficient water supply to satisfy the thirst and hunger of a growing world population. Ceres Imaging currently serves approximately 1,000,000 acres of land, in the United States and Australia.
President of the Jury of the Zayed Sustainability Award and former President of the Republic of Iceland, S.E. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson said: “Every year, the winners of the Zayed Sustainability Award continue to surprise and captivate us with innovative contributions that will positively transform some of the most disadvantaged areas and vulnerable communities in the world. They are an inspiration to people, young and old, and are absolutely key to meeting the priorities of sustainable development that affect us all. ”
THE. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and General Director of the Zayed Sustainability Award, said: “We greatly appreciate the vision and directives of the wise leadership of the UAE that has been essential to the success and objectives of the Prize, while supporting the vision of sustainability of the late Sheikh Zayed. I congratulate all the winners of this year’s awards for participating in one of the most competitive award cycles the Prize has seen to date. ”
His Excellency continued: “The objectives of the Prize continue to resonate with a completely new generation of innovative pioneers and future sustainability leaders, who have already impacted 335 million people worldwide, directly or indirectly, adding that the Zayed Sustainability Award it also seeks to amplify the impact even more through initiatives such as the recently announced ’20by2020′, which will apply sustainability solutions developed by winners and finalists’ to vulnerable communities in 20 countries by the end of this year. ”
In the World High Schools category, six schools, each representing a world region, receive an award and secondary schools present project proposals to build or augment a solution they have developed for their local school or community. The objective of this category, presented to the Prize in 2012, is to inspire young people to become pioneers, innovators and defenders of sustainability that contribute to a more sustainable future.
The winners of the 2020 awards were: Air Battle (Colombia), representing the Americas; Hakimi Aliyu Day Secondary (Nigeria), representing sub-Saharan Africa; Al Amal Junior High School (Morocco), which represents the Middle East and North Africa region; United World College – Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina), representing Europe and Central Asia; Bloom Nepal School (Nepal), representing South Asia; Y Eutan Tarawa Ieta Junior High School (Kiribati), representing East Asia and the Pacific.
The Prize format allows organizations to send solutions that have affected the communities or nations they serve, with the winners of the Health, Food, Energy and Water category each claiming a prize fund of US $ 600,000. The Global High Schools category encourages the entries of student-led sustainability projects that they would like to implement for their school or the surrounding communities.
About the Zayed Sustainability Award
Established by UAE leaders in 2008, to honor the legacy of the founding father of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Zayed Sustainability Award is the pioneer global UAE award for recognizing sustainability and humanitarian solutions worldwide.
With an annual awards ceremony, held every year during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, the Zayed Sustainability Award recognizes and rewards pioneers and innovators who are committed to developing and accelerating impactful solutions that serve communities and disadvantaged people, building a lasting legacy for today. Future generations to come.
The categories of the Zayed Sustainability Award are: Health, Food, Energy, Water and Global High Schools.
For more information, visit www.ZayedSustainabilityPrize.com or visit our social media platforms at, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube.
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