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Expo 2020 Dubai reveals 25 projects to help change the world

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

Expo 2020 Dubai reveals 25 projects to help change the world
One of the projects selected aims to help coffee farmers in Rwanda.

A Norwegian programme to swap plastic waste for financial reward, an online software from Bhutan that calculates healthy, cost-effective school meals sourcing ingredients from local farms, and a Cameroonian project to build sustainable refugee camps are among the 25 projects selected in Expo 2020 Dubai’s Global Best Practice Programme.

The 25 were selected during Expo 2020’s search for pioneering projects that address the sustainable development goals (SDGs), 17 key targets that form a global plan of action for the peace and prosperity of people and the planet.

The champion projects, which hail from 24 countries and include innovative approaches from individuals, communities, academia, businesses, international organisations and governments, will be showcased to the millions of visitors expected to attend the next World Expo.

Each project tackles real world issues, from eradicating hunger to boosting health and wellbeing to tackling climate change, and uses approaches that can serve as solutions to people in other parts of the world.

Reem Al Hashimy, UAE 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: “I congratulate these 25 beacons of best practice and look forward to sharing their transformative projects with the world at Expo 2020 Dubai.

“Five years in, 10 years to go, the next World Expo – the first to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region – will provide an unprecedented opportunity to celebrate these achievements, amplify the message of the SDGs and galvanize further action. If we all step up and play our part, the 2030 deadline will be within reach.”

Expo’s Programme received a total of 1,175 submissions from 141 countries.

Expo is also working to positively impact areas related to the SDGs via its Expo Live programme, a $100 million global social impact programme that backs creative solutions to pressing challenges that affect people’s lives or help preserve the planet. To date, it has supported 120 grantees from 65 countries.

The 25 selected projects are listed below:          

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