Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday attended the opening ceremony of “Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week” and “Zayed Sustainability Prize” ceremony.The Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) 2020 was formally opened at the ICC Hall in Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) of United Arab Emirates at 11 in the morning.
The eight-day ADSW 2020, one of the largest sustainability gatherings in the world from January 11-18, brings together a unique fusion of policy makers, industry specialists, technology pioneers and the next generation of sustainability leaders.
On her arrival at the exhibition center, the prime minister was received by Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan.
This year Zayed Sustainability Prize was given to 10 organisations and institutes of different countries under five categories.
At the function, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan and Sheikh Hasina along with seven other heads of state and government handed over the prizes to the winners.
The other heads of state and government included Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Rwanda President Paul Kagame, Fiji Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Serbia Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, Armenian President Armen Sarkissian and Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio.The Bangladesh Prime Minister handed the prize to the representative of Eutan Tarawa Ieta Junior Secondary School of Kiribati as the school won the prestigious prize under the Global High School category.
Five other schools — Air Batalla from Colombia, Hakimi Aliyu Day Secondary from Nigeria, Al Amal Junior High School from Morocco, United World College, Mostar from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Bloom Nepal School from Nepal — won the prize under the same category this year.
The Prize recognizes and rewards organizations and high schools that can demonstrate impactful, innovative and inspiring sustainability solutions. The five award categories are: Health, Food, Energy, Water and Global High Schools.
The annual awards ceremony is held each January during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.
Sheikh Hasina arrived here last night on a three-day official visit.
On Tuesday, Sheikh Hasina is expected to meet UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al Maktoum and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan and wife of UAE Founder and Founding President Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Al Ketbi.
In the afternoon, she will attend an interview session on “The Critical Role of Women in Delivering Climate Action” at Hall-11, the ADNEC.
During the visit, the prime minister will get opportunities to apprise the world leaders of the initiatives taken by Bangladesh in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The premier will return home on Tuesday night Bangladesh time.