The Zayed Sustainability Prize, the prestigious global award based in the United Arab Emirates, is now accepting entries of projects and solutions that promote sustainable development.
Organisations and schools can enter for the 2020 Prize in one of five categories: Health, Food, Energy, Water and Global High Schools.
The Prize rewards organisations that empower and enhance disadvantaged communities, while also inspiring schools to nurture the next generation of sustainability leaders.
Examples of winning solutions and school projects include: delivering greater access to energy for off-grid communities, improving food security and encouraging sustainable agriculture, facilitating access to healthcare technologies in rural and remote regions, offering affordable drinking water and sanitation solutions, and enhancing education, training and advocacy.
Established in 2008 as the Zayed Future Energy Prize, the Prize broadened its scope last year to address global sustainability priorities and closely align with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Since 2008, the Prize’s winners have delivered direct and indirect positive impact to more than 318 million people around the world.
Entries in the Energy, Water, Heath and Food categories will be judged according to their Impact on the quality of people’s lives; their Innovation and potential to catalyse disruptive positive impact and transformative change, and their Inspiration or potential to scale up project outcomes and inspire others.
Global High Schools projects should be designed to deliver positive educational impact, ensuring students are given key skills and enhanced abilities to achieve their goals.
Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Director General of the Zayed Sustainability Prize, said: “The Prize’s broader recognition of sustainability solutions marked a significant milestone in the Prize’s evolution, in line with the UAE leadership’s vision to support ideas and efforts aimed at building a sustainable future. Inspired by Sheikh Zayed’s vision for global sustainability and humanitarianism, the Prize now recognizes more innovations, reaches more communities, and further underlines the priority of human impact, in everything we do.”
Winners of the Zayed Sustainability Prize 2020 will be announced at the annual awards ceremony held during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, in January next year. Entries are made onlineand close 30 May 2019.