The Zayed Sustainability Prize, the UAE’s global award for rewarding impact, innovation, and inspiration, officially announced that the 2022 edition is now open for submissions. Entries will be accepted until 6 May 2021, via the Prize’s online portal across five sustainability categories: Heath, Food, Energy, Water and Global High Schools.
The opening for submissions follows a decision that was taken by the Prize’s management earlier in September to postpone the 2021 Awards Ceremony in efforts to safeguard all attendees’ health and wellbeing, in light of the prevailing global pandemic. Applicants that had submitted for the now postponed 2021 cycle will be automatically entered into the 2022 edition, as per the statement.
“As a catalyst for change and positive transformation, the Zayed Sustainability Prize continues its drive to empower small and medium enterprises and non-profits, while encouraging youth to take on an active role in supporting their communities and becoming future sustainability leaders,” said HE Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Director General of the Zayed Sustainability Prize.
“The Prize reflects our founding father Sheikh Zayed’s lifelong commitment to sustainability and is backed by a track record of incentivising pioneers who are advancing UN Sustainable Development Goals. I trust that the Prize will once again attract the world’s best sustainability innovators, whose work today, is even more imperative to support the transition to the post-COVID-19 world, for both people and nations alike,” he added.
Inspired by the sustainable development and humanitarian legacy of the UAE’s founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Prize enters its 14th submissions cycle having rewarded a total of 86 winners whose solutions or school projects have, directly and indirectly, positively transformed the lives of more than 352 million people, to date.
The Prize’s US$3 million annual fund rewards winners US$600,000 in each category; the Global High Schools category is split into six world region winners, with each school able to claim up to US$100,000 to start or further expand their project. The six world regions of the Global High Schools category are The Americas, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East & North Africa, Europe & Central Asia, South Asia, and East Asia & Pacific.