Zayed International Foundation for the Environment and UNEP Launch a New Partnership on Education for Sustainable Development in the Presence of HSH Prince Albert II Prince of Monaco vr, jun 27, 2014

New Partnership and Global Award Promote Education for Sustainable Development

Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Bin Fahad, Chairman of the Higher Committee, Zayed Prize

Nairobi, 26 June 2014 - "Powered by education and skills on sustainable development and lifestyles, people have a chance to work their way out of poverty and transform their lives. Education and science are the largest determining factors to shape a healthy, sustainable and prosperous future", said the Chairman of the Zayed International Foundation for the Environment, Dr. Mohammed A. Bin Fahad today, in a press conference during the first-ever session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi.

New partnership on Education for Sustainable Development

At the press conference the Zayed International Foundation for the Environment and UNEP announced a new partnership to promote Education for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Lifestyles, in addition to launching the seventh cycle of its prestigious global environmentalism award, with US$1 million to be awarded to the winners.

Under the auspices of this historic event, Dr. Mohammed A. Bin Fahad, first of all kicked off the press conference by stating "I am proud to announce the Zayed Foundation's new partnership with UNEP on Education for Sustainable Development"

"Together with UNEP, the Zayed International Foundation for the Environment has been active for many years in raising awareness and providing knowledge in relation to sustainable consumption through the promotion of Education for Sustainable Development".

Through this new partnership the Zayed International Foundation for the Environment has allocated USD 100,000 to the production, development and adaptation of the Global Green Economy for Sustainable Development Curriculum Sourcebook.

Dr. Mohammed A. Bin Fahad, said that "we hope this initiative will provide relevant knowledge for university academics and curricula designers looking into the potential for developing innovative new Green Economy programmes for sustainable development".

The Zayed International Foundation for the Environment and UNEP also announced that the Zayed International Foundation for the Environment and UNEP will organize a Conference on Sustainable Lifestyles in mid-October 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The conference will gather regional stakeholders, experts, students and government officials and will facilitate discussions soliciting views about the importance of dispersion of knowledge on the impact of our economic choices in order to change our behavior and consumption habits.

The Zayed International Foundation for the Environment concluded the press conference by launching the seventh cycle of its prestigious global environmentalism award, with US$1 million to be awarded to the winners.

The Zayed International Foundation for the Environment will also launch the "Young Scientists Award for Environmental Sustainability".

This new category of the Zayed International Prize for the Environment is aimed at recognizing talented young scientists worldwide for research in Environmental Sciences and Green Technology that has contributed significantly to environmental integrity and sustainable development.

"In a rapidly changing world where knowledge from all fields of science is needed to address pressing environmental challenges, the Zayed Foundation's new category of award seeks to create momentum among young researchers in pioneering new and innovative solutions that will help contribute to a significant improvement of the global environment towards sustainable development," said His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, who was named the global winner of the Zayed International Prize in 2013.

The Young Scientists Award for Environmental Sustainability, which carries a cash prize of US$50,000, will be awarded biennially at the Zayed Prize Award ceremony held in Dubai, UAE, at the end of each cycle.

"The Young Scientists Award for Environmental Sustainability encourages young scientists to increase their responsibility to openly inform the public about research and its wider implications and assume increased responsibility for environment and development programmes," said Dr. Mohammed A. Bin Fahadof the Zayed International Foundation for the Environment.

"It also helps young scientists participate in decisions made about science and the environment."

"This innovative new award for talented young scientists is yet another exemplary effort by the Zayed International Foundation for the Environment to encourage leadership in the environmental arena," said UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. "UNEP is proud to be a partner in such an exciting initiative and looks forward to meeting the first round of outstanding young scientists who will be selected to receive the prize later this year."

Note to Editors

About the Zayed International Prize for the Environment

The Zayed International Prize for the Environment is the world's most valuable environmental award, worth US$1 million. It was established in 1999 by H.H. Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, in recognition of the philosophy, vision and achievements of former President, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Mercy be upon him, who worked tirelessly to preserve and protect the environment for future generations of his country, the region and in support of global initiatives such as the Agenda 21, the Millennium Development Goals, the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation for Sustainable Development and outcomes of Rio+20.

Through the United Nations Economic and Social Council, the Zayed International Prize for the Environment has consultative status with the UN and a long-term partnership with UNEP.

Awarded on a biennial basis, the Prize recognizes and promotes pioneering contributions in the field of environment and sustainable development. The Zayed Prize is classified into the following categories:

  • Global leadership in environment and sustainable development: US$500,000.

  • Scientific/ technological achievements in environment: US$250,000.

  • Environmental action leading to positive change in society: US$200,000.

  • Young Scientists Award for Environmental Sustainability: US$50,000.

Previous winners have included His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, former President Lee Myung-bak of the Republic of Korea, former US President Jimmy Carter, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, , former Prime Minister of Norway Dr. Brundtland, World Commission on Dams, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, Environment Development Action in the Third World and Tierramérica as well as a number of regional and international figures; Dr. Badria Al-Awadhi, Professor Mohammed El-Kassas, Professor MostafaTolba, Prof. Jane Lubchenco, Prof. V. Ramanathan, Paula Caballero Gómez,Luc Hoffmann, Dr. Zakri Abdul Hamid, and Dr. Ashok Khosla.

About the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA)

UNEA is the highest-level UN body ever convened on the environment. It enjoys universal membership of all 193 UN member states as well as other stakeholder groups. With this wide reach into the legislative, financial and development arenas, the new body presents a ground-breaking platform for leadership on global environmental policy. UNEA boasts over 1200 participants, 170 national delegations, 80 ministers and 40 events during the five-day event from 23 to 27 June 2014 at UNEP's Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Meshgan Al Awar, Secretary General, Zayed International Foundation for the Environment, +971 50 4537733, mail@zayedprize.org.ae

Marie Daher Corthay, Regional Information and Outreach Specialist, UNEP

+973 36 955 988, +973 178 12 795, Marie.Daher@unep.org

 
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