United Arab Emirates: Zayed Sustainability Prize announces 30 finalists – News
The Zayed Sustainability Prize, the United Arab Emirates’ pioneering prize for the recognition of durable solutions and humanitarianism, held its jury meeting to elect the winners of its current 2022 cycle, who will be announced at the award ceremony. awards during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2022 (ADSW) this January.
A total of 30 finalists have been confirmed and are now up for 10 awards, across the five categories of global health, food, energy, water and high schools. This year, the award received a remarkable 4,000 nominations, marking a significant increase in nominations of 68.5% over the previous cycle, while attracting nominations from a record number of 151 countries, representing over of three quarters of the nations of the world.
The award jury, made up of former heads of state, government ministers and business figures, met in a virtual meeting to review the shortlisted nominations identified by the award selection committee in August.
The finalists in the “Health” category are:
>> Mamotest (Argentina), SME which has an innovative approach to medical imaging through the use of teleradiology centers in underserved areas.
>> Medic Mobile (United States of America), an NPO that combines R&D and technical design to capture health data for primary health care.
>> Project Andiamo Ltd (UK), an SME that guarantees scalable and transportable solutions by combining innovative 3D printing with advances in machine learning to automate personalized medical device processes.
The “Food” finalists are:
>> Safi Organics (Kenya), a fertilizer production SME that works to meet the challenges of rural farmers facing expensive or inappropriate fertilizers that lead to soil acidification and loss of yield.
>> S4S Technologies (India), an SME committed to empowering rural women and harnessing new technologies to reduce food waste and improve farmers’ incomes.
>> Tecnologías AgriBest (Mexico), an SME that deploys biotechnology to improve crop yields for farmers and facilitate cost savings.
The finalists in the “Energy” category are:
>> ME SOLshare Ltd (Bangladesh), an SME that has created an interconnected micro-grid for peer-to-peer energy exchange to enable more efficient distribution of electricity in rural communities.
>> Planet Ark Power (Australia), an SME that uses AI and IoT through the first fully two-way power grid to reduce energy costs.
>> Tongwei New Energy (China), an SME that integrates smart aquaculture and solar photovoltaics to improve food security through an innovative business model.
The finalists in the “Water” category are:
>> Boreal Light GmbH (Germany), a design and manufacturing SME that creates affordable solar water desalination systems for off-grid communities in Africa.
>> OffGridBox Inc (United States of America), an SME which deploys microfiltration and UV sterilization for the purification and desalination of water using solar power.
>> Wateroam (Singapore), an SME committed to meeting the global challenge of contaminated water through portable water filters to serve disaster-stricken and rural communities.
Global high school finalists showcased project-based, student-led sustainability solutions, with finalists divided into 6 regions. Regional finalists include:
Americas: Iniciativas Ecológicas (Venezuela), Instituto Iberia (Dominican Republic) and Liceo Arturo Alessandri Palma (Chile).
Europe and Central Asia: JU Gimnazija “Biha” (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Liceo Europeo (Spain) and Romain Rolland Gymnasium (Germany).
Middle East and North Africa: Eastern Mediterranean International School (Israel), Gifted Students School (Iraq) and Umm Al Arab (United Arab Emirates).
Sub-Saharan Africa: Daddies Firm Foundation School (Ghana), Lighthouse Primary and Secondary School (Mauritius) and Sharia Assembly of Uganda (Uganda).
South Asia: The BlinkNow Foundation (Nepal), Hira School (Maldives) and Man Kuwari Hansa Higher Secondary School Barela (India).
East Asia and the Pacific: Bohol Wisdom School (Philippines), UWC ISAK Japan (Japan) and Shanghai World Foreign Language Academy (China).
In his remarks, Dr Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technologies of United Arab Emirates and General Manager of the Zayed Prize for Sustainability, said: Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and in particular his vision humanitarian and sustainable progress throughout the world ”.
The general manager of the award went on to say, “As the UAE celebrates its jubilee this year, the award aligns perfectly with the ‘principles of the fifty’, the progress plan that our wise leaders announced earlier this year. this month to expand the country’s positive economic situation. global impact. The Prize has already improved the lives of millions of people around the world and will continue to develop as a force for good that contributes to a more prosperous, equitable and sustainable world, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals ”.
He added that the broad level of participation from knowledge-based economies and emerging markets reflects the current direction towards greater social inclusion as the world prepares for COP26 and accelerates resilience to climate action in the context of evolution of the post-pandemic recovery.
Jury President and Former President of the Republic of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson added: pioneering, worldwide, while providing a platform and springboard for transformation and further human impact ”.
Grimsson noted that postponing the cycle last year was a necessary step to protect global participants from the prize with the advent of Covid-19, however, it allowed the prize to attract and capture the inspiring concepts developed by forward-thinking organizations in response to one of the world’s most unprecedented crises.
In the Health, Food, Energy and Water categories, each winner receives $ 600,000. The Global High Schools category has six winners, representing six regions of the world, with each winner receiving up to $ 100,000. Since its launch in 2008, the US $ 3 million award has directly and indirectly transformed the lives of more than 352 million people in 150 countries. Today, the Prize remains a catalyst for solving the world’s most pressing problems, as it continues to stimulate and have a long-term impact on diverse communities across the globe.