Zayed Sustainability Prize opens submissions

Submissions are now open for the 2024 edition of the Zayed Sustainability Prize, worth over AED 11 million.

The annual award supports social initiatives that make use of new technologies and solutions to transform people’s lives.

SMEs, non-profit organisations and high schools across the world can apply online until May 2 - and the winners will be announced during the COP28 Climate Summit later this year.

The projects launched by previous prize winners have impacted the lives of more than 378 million people worldwide.

Entries can be submitted for one of the five categories that include Heath, Food, Energy, Water and Global High Schools. The Prize’s $3 million fund will reward winners $600,000 in each category.

Inspired by the sustainability and humanitarian legacy of the UAE’s Founding Father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Prize has, to date, recognised a total of 106 winners whose solutions or student-led school projects have positively transformed the lives of millions.

The Prize’s 2023 award cycle received a record-breaking 4,538 applications from 152 countries, marking a 13 per cent increase in submissions compared to the previous cycle.

"Since 2008, the Prize has, through the visionary leadership of the United Arab Emirates, facilitated the delivery of sustainable solutions to vulnerable communities, improving access to reliable and affordable energy, safe drinking water, nutritious food and quality healthcare for millions," said Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Director-General of the Zayed Sustainability Prize.

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