Expo 2020 sets stage for Abu Dhabi’s ADSW, Zayed Sustainability Prize awards

By Amirtha P S, Desk Reporter
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Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), one of the world’s leading sustainability gatherings, hosted by Masdar, has announced a new partnership, which will bring elements of the event to Expo 2020 Dubai.

According to Masdar, UAE-based renewable energy company, the opening ceremony of ADSW and the Zayed Sustainability Prize awards will take place at the Dubai Exhibition Centre on 17th January 2022. The announcement was made during Expo 2020’s Climate and Biodiversity Week, which aims to mobilize efforts to take decisive action for the health of the world.

One of the largest gatherings of its kind, ADSW welcomes more than 45,000 participants from over 170 countries each year. The event will return between 15 -19 January 2022 and feature a series of high-level in-person and virtual events. Bringing ADSW’s vital platforms to Expo 2020 will further demonstrate the UAE’s leading role in driving action on climate change.

Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber
Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber
Chairman – Masdar
UAE Minister of Industry & Advanced Technology

“Hosting the opening of ADSW together with the ZSP award ceremony at Expo 2020 Dubai will serve to reinforce the UAE’s commitment to climate action and sustainability, as key drivers of the UAE’s progressive model for economic growth. The combination of ADSW’s experience as a convenor with Expo 2020 Dubai’s global reach will help expand partnerships, drive innovation and open up new economic opportunities. As the UAE marks 50 years of progress, with the Principles of the Fifty, sustainability will remain a cornerstone of plans for future growth, creating new knowledge, new skills, new industries and new jobs.”

The ADSW opening ceremony and the Zayed Sustainability Prize awards will bring together more than 600 VIPs from around the world, including heads of state, government ministers, industry leaders and country ambassadors.

Ms. Reem Al Hashemy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director-General of Expo 2020 Dubai, said, “As a long-standing platform for sustainability, Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week has a legacy of bringing together the global community, facilitating dialogue and accelerating sustainable development. These qualities align with the aims of the Programme for People and Planet at Expo and our goal of catalyzing a one-of-a-kind movement to shape the legacy that Expo 2020 leaves the world.”

Abu Dhabi has offered a sustainable platform for the global community since 2008 and it has grown through its initiatives and events to emerge as a thought leader and catalyst that accelerates sustainable development around the world.

The 2022 program will include the ADSW opening ceremony, Zayed Sustainability Prize awards ceremony, ADSW Summit, IRENA Assembly, Abu Dhabi Sustainable Finance Forum, Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum, Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy (WiSER) Forum, Youth 4 Sustainability Hub, and the World Future Energy Summit – Exhibitions and Forums.

More than 352 million people have been directly or indirectly impacted by the sustainability solutions and school projects of the 86 recipients of the Zayed Sustainability Prize winners since the first awards ceremony in 2009. Zayed Sustainability Prize’s $3 million annual fund rewards winners $600,000 in each category.

All ADSW events other than its Opening Ceremony and the Zayed Sustainability Prize awards ceremony will take place in Abu Dhabi or will be hosted virtually.

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