Thought Leaders at Zayed Sustainability Prize Forum Highlight Pathways to Drive Progress for People and Planet
The Zayed Sustainability Prize, the UAE’s pioneering global sustainability and humanitarian award, convened its second Forum in New York City on 19 September 2023, as part of the Concordia Annual Summit, on the sidelines of New York Climate Week.
This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20230921361807/en/
The Honorable Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella participates in the Zayed Sustainability Prize Forum (Photo: AETOSWire)
Distinguished government, business, and civil society leaders participated in the Forum themed "Empowering Voices: Driving Climate Action." They discussed the critical role of social innovation, finance, technology, and policy, in accelerating progress toward a sustainable, inclusive, and equitable future.
This commitment to driving climate action aligns with the mission of the Zayed Sustainability Prize, which was established in 2008 as a tribute to the legacy of the UAE’s founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Over the last 15 years, the Prize has recognized a total of 106 winners whose solutions and student-led school projects have transformed the lives of over 378 million people across 151 countries.
The Hon. Dr. Kandeh Yumkella, Member of Parliament and Chair of the Presidential Initiative on Climate Change, Renewable Energy and Food Security of Sierra Leone, opened the Forum by looking at the need to integrate the global south, especially Africa, in a just energy transition. He remarked: “We need effective action and honest cooperation at all levels. Between people, communities, governments, and the private sector. We are seeing partnerships grow, especially with the support of the UAE, for larger-scale renewable projects, which will be presented at COP28, and we hope to continue seeing more."
The subsequent panels covered topics ranging from transforming food systems and addressing inclusive climate finance issues, to exploring how green technologies and social innovations can improve access to essential resources.
Angela Churie Kallhauge, Executive Vice President of Impact, Environmental Defense Fund, highlighted the importance of empowering local realities to secure everyone’s energy future: “We need to shift our focus back to what our climate solutions mean for people. We will truly make a change by empowering indigenous people and local communities to claim their stakes and be part of the solution.”
Underscoring the themes of youth and inclusivity, the Forum also dedicated a segment to young activists expressing their thoughts on the future of sustainable development and sharing their experiences.
These multifaceted conversations all emphasized the urgency of collective efforts in driving bold global climate action, particularly in mobilizing resources for the most vulnerable communities, adopting a cohesive strategy for global food security, and empowering youth to drive change, thereby galvanizing momentum in the lead-up to COP28, which will take place in the UAE from November 30th to December 12th, 2023.
About the Zayed Sustainability Prize
The Zayed Sustainability Prize is a tribute to the legacy of the late founding father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The Prize aims to drive sustainable development and humanitarian action by recognizing and rewarding organizations and high schools that are delivering innovative sustainable solutions across the categories of Health, Food, Energy, Water, Climate Action and Global High Schools. For over 15 years, through its 106 winners, the Prize has positively impacted the lives of over 378 million people in 151 countries.
To view this piece of content from cts.businesswire.com, please give your consent at the top of this page.
About Business Wire
(c) 2018 Business Wire, Inc., All rights reserved.
Business Wire, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is the global leader in multiplatform press release distribution.
Subscribe to releases from Business Wire
Subscribe to all the latest releases from Business Wire by registering your e-mail address below. You can unsubscribe at any time.
Latest releases from Business Wire
BuildRI Announces Top 2023 Responsible Investment Programs of European Alternative Investors30.11.2023 22:46:00 CET | Press release
BuildRI, a leading provider of responsible investment insights, is pleased to unveil the leading responsible investment programs within the European alternative investment sector for the year 2023. Throughout the course of the year, BuildRI's team of seasoned analysts has assessed multiple alternative investment firms, employing a comprehensive set of 32 responsible investment and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) criteria. These criteria encompass the integration and maturity level of responsible investment policies, programs, and practices adopted by these firms. It is worth noting that the evaluation criteria are closely aligned with industry-leading ESG and responsible investment standards and frameworks. The data utilized for evaluation is primarily sourced from publicly-disclosed or self-reported information. Comprehensive rankings, benchmarking data, and additional information about each leading firm is available on the BuildRI platform for its members. The leading res
Mary Kay Expands to Hungary, Elevating Beauty and Empowerment in Central Europe30.11.2023 19:03:00 CET | Press release
Mary Kay Inc., the iconic beauty brand and global advocate for women’s empowerment, is thrilled to announce its expansion into Hungary, a strategic move that marks the company's latest foray into the European market. This expansion coincides with Mary Kay's milestone 60th anniversary, underscoring its enduring legacy of offering unparalleled entrepreneurship opportunities and high-quality skincare and color cosmetics. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20231130602889/en/ With Hungary’s rich cultural tapestry, vibrant heritage, and dynamic economy, Mary Kay Inc. is set to introduce a range of initiatives aimed at bolstering the economic empowerment of Hungarian women. (Credit: Mary Kay Inc.) Mary Kay Hungary's operations will be overseen from the Mary Kay Czech Republic's offices in Prague. To celebrate this momentous expansion, events in both Prague and Budapest have been arranged. This expansion builds upon the br
Q4 Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter 2023 Q4 Platform Release30.11.2023 18:00:00 CET | Press release
Q4 Inc. (TSX: QFOR) (“Q4” or “the Company”), the leading capital markets access platform, announced today its fourth quarter 2023 release of innovative enhancements to the Q4 Platform that will continue to deliver value to their clients through seamless workflows, insights, and analytics. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20231130813795/en/ Q4 Issuer Dashboard Q4 Platform Release: Fourth Quarter 2023 Issuer Dashboard: Improved Web Management App Issuers can now use the Web Management app to make accelerated website updates and have greater visibility into the status of their web requests. The homepage also gives them direct access to highlighted critical alerts, including activist engagements, and real time updates on events. Engagement Analytics App: Smarter Insights Through the Engagement Analytics app, Investor Relations Officers (“IROs”) will now have access to historical data on investor engagement to more ea
ISFC to Focus on Central Role of Forestry Sector at COP2830.11.2023 17:56:00 CET | Press release
The International Sustainable Forestry Coalition (ISFC) will be representing some of the world’s largest companies engaged in sustainable forestry at COP28, and will be promoting the role of forestry and land-use in the global climate transition. Nations must find a way to reduce emissions by 43% by 2030 if we are to avoid the worst effects of climate change. With greater investment, forestry and land management could contribute up to 25% of the emissions reductions needed to reach net zero. It is widely expected at COP that there will be more focus on the role that sustainably produced timber can play in the built environment, and ISFC will be taking a leading role in these discussions and promoting the expanded contribution of the forestry sector to the decarbonization of the global economy. Dr. David Brand, Convening Chair of ISFC and Executive Chair of New Forest, commented, “The global climate effort requires expanded investment in sustainable land-use and sustainable materials in
Aviz Networks Expands Funding to $10M With New Investments From Accton, Cisco Investments and Wistron30.11.2023 16:32:00 CET | Press release
Aviz Networks, a leader in open networking software for cloud-scale infrastructures serving telecom and enterprises, today announced it has added Cisco Investments to its latest funding expansion, joining existing investors, Moment Ventures, Accton and Wistron. This funding round, now reaching $10M, will accelerate customer momentum for Aviz’s multi-vendor, GenAI-based networking stack along with adoption of SONiC based open networking. Aviz helps organizations achieve the performance and cost benefits of hyperscale networks by removing complexity and supplying AI-driven management features as part of a breakthrough Networking 3.0 software stack. Aviz’s stack supports the fast-growing SONiC open-source network OS (NOS) as well as multi-NOS environments and leverages the power of large-language-models (LLMs) to deliver unparalleled choice and capabilities. The company has seen rapid growth over the past 12 months, scaling its number of customers, revenue, and operational headcount to me