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Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week Opening Ceremony and Zayed Sustainability Prize Awards Ceremony will take place at Expo 2020 Dubai
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Oct. 9, 2021 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/--

- Opening Ceremony and Awards Ceremony will take place at the Dubai Exhibition 
Centre on Monday 17 January 2022

- All other Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week events will take place in Abu Dhabi 
or will be hosted virtually

- Announcement took place during Expo 2020’s Climate and Biodiversity Week

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), the global platform for accelerating 
sustainable development, hosted by Masdar, has today announced a new 
collaboration, which will bring elements of the Week to Expo 2020 Dubai. The 
ADSW Opening Ceremony and the Zayed Sustainability Prize Awards Ceremony will 
take place at the Dubai Exhibition Centre on Monday 17 January 2022. 

The announcement was made during Expo 2020’s Climate and Biodiversity Week (the 
first of 10 Theme Weeks that anchor the Programme for People and Planet) which 
aims to mobilise the world to take decisive action for the health of our world. 
Bringing ADSW’s vital platforms to Expo 2020 will further demonstrate the UAE’s 
leading role in driving action on climate change, at home, in the region, and 
throughout the world.

ADSW is one of the largest of gatherings of its kind, which welcomes each year 
more than 45,000 participants from more than 170 countries. The week will 
return between 15 – 19 January 2022 and feature a series of high-level in 
person and virtual events.

H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced 
Technology, Special Envoy for Climate Change, and Chairman of Masdar, said:  
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 Ceremony, 
will bring together more than 600 VIPs from around the world, including heads 
of state, government ministers, industry leaders and country ambassadors. 
During the Opening Ceremony, H.E. Dr Sultan Al Jaber will deliver a keynote 

Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International 
Cooperation and Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “As one of our three 
subthemes, Sustainability is integrated across the entirety of Expo 2020 Dubai. 
We aim to be one of the most sustainable World Expos in history, supporting the 
UAE’s continued efforts to build cleaner, safer, and healthier communities for 
its people. 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 catalysing a one-of-a-kind movement to shape the legacy that Expo 2020 
leaves the world.

“For the six months of Expo 2020, the world’s gaze will be on the UAE. Holding 
the opening of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and the Zayed Sustainability Prize 
Awards Ceremony at Expo 2020, when the world’s gaze is on the UAE, exemplifies 
how we can all work together to mitigate climate change.”

Since 2008, Abu Dhabi has provided a sustainable platform for the global 
community that has grown through its initiatives and events to emerge as a 
thought leader and catalyst that accelerates sustainable development around the 

The week will bring together policy makers, industry specialists, technology 
pioneers and the next generation of sustainability leaders to engage in 
dialogue and take action to advance the global sustainability agenda. 

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. 

Launched at the 2008 World Future Energy Summit by H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin 
Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the 
UAE Armed Forces, the Zayed Sustainability Prize is a tribute to his father, 
the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and his sustainability legacy. 

Over 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.

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.

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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