Zayed Prize for Sustainable Development opens nominations for 2025 cycle
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Par Ibrahima DIALLO
21 December 2023 / 12:11

Small and medium-sized businesses, non-profit organizations and high schools are invited to submit their applications before June 23, 2024.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, The Zayed Prize for Sustainable Development, the UAE's pioneering award for environmental and humanitarian impact, has announced that it is officially open for applications for its 2025 cycle.

Entries will be accepted until June 23, 2024 via the award's web portal. Applications are invited from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), non-profit organizations and high schools proposing sustainable solutions in one of five categories: health, food, energy, water and climate action.

Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, Director General of the Zayed Prize for Sustainability and President of COP28, commented on the launch of the 2025 applications: "Since 2008, the Zayed Prize for Sustainability has honored the legacy of Sheikh Zayed by promoting sustainable, humanitarian and inclusive development worldwide. In this decisive decade for the climate cause, these values are more important than ever.

I am convinced that the award will contribute to global climate action in line with the UAE Consensus, which paves the way for an effective response to the Global Assessment drawn up at COP28."

Since 2008, the solutions of the 106 previous prizewinners have transformed the lives of 384 million people around the world. On December 1, at a ceremony organized as part of COP28, eleven new winners joined them to further increase the impact of the prize.

In response to the climate crisis, and to continue supporting the Emirates' efforts in climate action and practical support for the world's most vulnerable communities, the Prize has increased its endowment fund from US$3.6 million to US$5.9 million. From now on, the Prize will reward each winner with one million dollars in the categories of Health, Food, Energy, Water and Climate Action.

In the "Lycées Mondiaux" category, itself divided into six world regions, each school can now claim a maximum of $150,000 to develop its project. The six regions in the Lycées Mondiaux category are: the Americas, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, Europe and Central Asia, South Asia and East Asia and the Pacific. The latest winners were honored at COP28.

To encourage a greater number of organizations and schools to participate, the prize will accept entries in several languages: French, English, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, Russian and Portuguese. This will enable more innovative solutions from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds to be identified and rewarded.

For the Health, Food, Energy, Water and Climate Action categories, entries must demonstrate that organizations are improving access to essential products or services for their communities, and that they are able to implement better living and working conditions in the long term. For the Lycées Mondiaux category, projects must be led by students and demonstrate an innovative approach to the challenges of sustainable development.

The evaluation of each entry requires a rigorous three-stage process. First, an initial check is carried out on all entries to ensure that they meet the award's evaluation criteria of impact, innovation and inspiration. This enables us to identify qualified and eligible candidates.

Each entry is then evaluated by a category selection committee made up of independent international experts. This results in a list of finalists, which is sent to the prize jury, which unanimously selects the winners in each of the six categories.

The winners of the Zayed Prize for Sustainable Development will be announced at a ceremony organized as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainable Development Week 2025 (ADSW).

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About the Zayed Prize for Sustainable Development

The Zayed Prize for Sustainable Development honours the legacy of the founding father of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The prize promotes sustainable development and humanitarian action by rewarding organisations and schools offering innovative sustainable solutions in the fields of health, food, energy, water and climate action.

Depuis plus de 15 ans, grâce à ses 117 lauréats, le prix a eu un impact positif sur la vie de 384 millions de personnes à travers le monde.

Pour plus d’informations, contactez Pietro Vimont <pietro.vimont@pa.group>

 Zayed Sustainability Prize

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