Small and medium enterprises (SMEs), non-profit organizations and high schools invited to submit entries before May 6, 2021 deadline
MANILA — The Zayed Sustainability Prize, the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) pioneering global award for rewarding impact, innovation, and inspiration, has officially announced the 2022 edition is now open for submission.
Entries will be accepted from today, March 3 until May 6, 2021, via the Prize’s online portal – across five sustainability categories: Health, Food, Energy, Water and Global High Schools.
The opening for submission follows a prudent decision that was taken by the Prize’s management earlier in September 2021 to postpone the 2021 Awards Ceremony in efforts to safeguard all attendees’ health and well-being, in light of the prevailing global pandemic. Applicants that had submitted for the now postponed 2021 cycle will enter automatically the 2022 edition.
“As a catalyst for change and positive transformation, the Zayed Sustainability Prize continues its drive to dynamically empower small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and non-profits…”
— Minister Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber
Commenting on the launch of the 2022 awards cycle, His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE minister of the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MIAT) and director general of the Zayed Sustainability Prize, said:
“As a catalyst for change and positive transformation, the Zayed Sustainability Prize continues its drive to dynamically empower small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and non-profits, while encouraging and empowering the youth to take on an active role in supporting their communities and becoming future sustainability leaders.”
“The Prize’s support for sustainability pioneers reflects a globally shared vision and ethos that streamlines an integrated approach to meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs0. Backed by a 12-year track record of awarding excellence in sustainability, we trust that the Prize will once again attract the world’s most innovative pioneers, whose work today, is even more imperative as the world navigates the adverse effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, on nations and people’s livelihoods,” Al Jaber 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 submission cycle having rewarded a total of 86 winners whose solutions or school projects have, directly and indirectly, positively transformed the lives of more than 335 million people, to date.
The Prize’s US$3 million annual fund awards winners US$600,000 in each category; the Global High Schools category is split into six world region winners — The Americas, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East & North Africa, Europe & Central Asia, South Asia, and East Asia & Pacific — with each school able to claim up to US$100,000 to start or further expand their project.
While the submission forms vary per category, core elements of each entry lie in the innovative ways in which technology, applications and solutions are driving positive transformation of people’s lives.
Entries undergo stringent three-stage evaluation
For the Health, Food, Energy, and Water categories, organizations should demonstrate that they are improving access to essential products or services and have a long-term vision for improved living and working conditions. For the Global High Schools category, their projects should be student–led, with emphasis placed on the students being actively involved in the planning, implementation, and monitoring processes.
The Zayed Sustainability Prize has a three-stage evaluation process, beginning with the due diligence conducted by an independent research and analysis consultancy. This identifies the qualified entries and results in the selection of shortlisted candidates. Following this, evaluations are undertaken by a Selection Committee consisting of category-specific panels of independent international experts. From this shortlist of candidates, the finalists are chosen and then sent to the Prize Jury who select the winners, across all five categories.
Winners will be announced in 2022 during an Awards Ceremony as part of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW). More details will be shared in the coming months. (/)
For more information, visit www.ZayedSustainabilityPrize.