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Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Honors Zayed Sustainability Prize Winners

President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan honoured the winners of the Zayed Sustainability Prize as part of the COP28.

As part of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) hosted by the UAE at Expo City Dubai, President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan honored the winners of the Zayed Sustainability Prize. 

The ceremony, attended by global leaders, ministers, and participants, celebrated the outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations in promoting sustainability.

Congratulations and Encouragement:

Sheikh Mohamed congratulated the winners, commending their efforts in fostering sustainability. 

He urged them to persist in their crucial contributions, emphasizing the UAE’s commitment to sustainability, inspired by the heritage of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Legacy of Sheikh Zayed in Sustainability:

Highlighting the enduring legacy of Sheikh Zayed in sustainability, Sheikh Mohamed emphasized the pivotal role of the Zayed Sustainability Prize in advancing sustainable development. 

The Prize empowers innovators, entrepreneurs, and youth to actively contribute to positive global change.

The Zayed Sustainability Prize, spanning categories such as Health, Water, Climate Action, Food, Energy, and Global High Schools, has positively impacted over 384 million people globally through the innovative solutions of its 106 winners.

Focus on Youth Engagement and Global Impact:

The Prize prioritizes youth engagement through its Global High Schools category, involving 47 schools globally. 

These schools have substantially impacted, positively influencing over 55,000 students and nearly 454,000 people in their local communities.

In the Climate Action category, Kelp Blue Namibia, which cultivates seaweed forests for ocean biodiversity restoration, was recognized. 

DoctorSHARE from Indonesia, who delivers healthcare to remote areas via floating hospitals, received honors in health.

Recognizing Efforts in Food, Energy, and Water:

GUPAP from Palestine, supporting Gaza’s agricultural sector, won in the Food category. Ignite Power from Rwanda, providing affordable electricity to remote communities, was acknowledged in Energy. 

Eau Et Vie from France, who ensured clean water access, received the water category award.

Global High Schools winners included institutions from Peru, Nigeria, Morocco, the United Kingdom, Pakistan, and China, each representing different regions and contributing significantly to sustainability.

Confidence in Scalable Change:

Chair of the Jury, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, expressed confidence that the winners will catalyze substantial and scalable change globally. 

Their innovative solutions, addressing urgent challenges, align with climate action objectives and contribute to a sustainable future.

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