Dubai Expo 2020: The World Expo Picks 25 Innovative Projects To Help Change The World

Dubai Expo 2020: The World Expo Picks 25 Innovative Projects To Help Change The World

Dubai Expo 2020's Global Best Practice Programme selects 25 projects from 1,175 submissions from 141 countries

The one-year count down has already begun for Dubai Expo 2020. The World’s Expo will not only put a fast forward tab on the economy of the host city, but will also positively impact Dubai’s infrastructure, job market, real estate, and Media as well. There is one prominent feature of every World Expo called Global Best Practice Programme, that seeks to provide simple, tangible and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. It is important to note here that the Global Best Practice Programme resonates with Dubai Expo 2020’s theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ and its three subthemes of Opportunity, Mobility, and Sustainability. Hence, Expo 2020 Dubai, through its Global Best Practice Programme, is promoting a raft of clever, local solutions with the potential to be adapted and scaled for enhanced global impact.

All of these 25 selected projects will be showcased under the theme “Small Steps, Big Leaps: Simple Solutions For Sustainable Impact.” The theme was founded on the belief that achieving the Sustainable development Goals(SDGs) by the year 2030 deadline requires local solutions to ensure no-one is left behind. Each project tackles real-world issues, from eliminating hunger to promoting health and wellbeing to tackling climate change, and adopt approaches that can give vital solutions to the rest of the world. Some of the projects include a Norwegian programme that swaps plastic waste for a financial reward, a Cameroonian initiative that builds sustainable refugee camps and online software from Bhutan that calculates healthy, remunerative school meals sourcing ingredients from local farms giving the local economic industry a boost, are among the 25 projects selected in Expo 2020 Dubai’s Global Best Practice Programme.

Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, minister of state for international cooperation, director-general of Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau and chair of the UAE National Committee on Sustainable Development Goals, said, “The Sustainable Development Goals, universally adopted in 2015, reflect crucial issues that are relevant to us all, and it is truly inspiring to see so many tangible solutions to these most pressing challenges. I congratulate these 25 beacons of best practice and look forward to sharing their transformative projects with the world at Expo 2020 Dubai.”

Down below is a list of the 25 best practices projects that will be showcased over the course of six months, to millions of visitors expected to attend Dubai Expo 2020.

Inclusive and Sustainable Service Delivery:

  • Dispensers for Safe Water, Evidence Action, Kenya
  • UNICEF Drones Programme, UNICEF, Vanuatu
  • WADI Solar Powered Water Filtration, Austria
  • Big Box for the Calais Jungle Refugee Camp, Jangala, United Kingdom
  • 20,000 Suns, Hogan Lovells and Barefoot College, India

Livelihoods and Enterprise Development:

  • Global Plastic Waste Deposit and Tracking System, Empower, Norway
  • Question Coffee 4 SDGs, Sustainable Growers, Rwanda
  • The Mountain Partnership Products Initiative, The Mountain Partnership, Peru
  • Digital Farmer Service, Esoko, Ghana
  • Honey Production, Processing and Packaging into Value-Added Products from Rural Africa to Global Markets, Dytech, Zambia

Resilient Habitats:

  • Building a Green Refugee Camp, Land Life Company, Cameroon
  • Conservation Cooperatives, Planet Indonesia, Indonesia
  • Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus, Food, and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Uganda
  • The Sri Lanka Mangrove Conservation Project, Seacology, Sri Lanka
  • Vulnerable in Vietnam, Buoyant Foundation Project, Vietnam

Social Development:

  • Creating Agents of Positive Change, The Citizens Foundation, Pakistan
  • Hygiene Promotion through Routine Immunization, WaterAid, Nepal
  • SDG Camps, UNDP, Tunisia
  • Janma Clean Birth Kit, Ayzh, India
  • Fighting Neglected Tropical Diseases with Mobile Phones, Sightsavers Nigeria

Water, Food And Energy Security:

  • Plus School Menus, World Food Programme, Bhutan
  • Eco Village, Bangladesh Environment and Development Society, Bangladesh
  • Belize's First Cacao Agroforestry Concession within a Protected Area, Yaaxche Conservation Trust, Belize
  • Agua Tica, FUNDECOR, Costa Rica
  • Citizen Farm, Edible Garden City, Singapore
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