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Beyond2020 enhances water access for 18000 Filipinos in upland rural areas

DUBAI, 15th December, 2021 (WAM) — UAE Initiative, Beyond2020, returns to Southeast Asia following key sustainable engagements in Indonesia and Cambodia, with a deployment that is uplifting the lives of 18,000 people in the Philippines by enhancing water access and reducing water costs by 85%.

Four hydraulic ram pumps and 13 kiosks are being used to facilitate 3,000 residents in the village of Cabagnaan in the Province of Negros Occidental and 15,000 people in 14 villages across Altavista in the Province of Leyte.

The innovative technology is an enhancement of a system created more than 240 years ago that brings water uphill without the use of electricity or fuel and the emission of harmful gasses.

Launched by the Zayed Sustainability Prize in partnership with several leading organisations, the Beyond2020 initiative exemplifies the humanitarian legacy of the UAE’s founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan by donating sustainable technologies and solutions to vulnerable communities worldwide. The Philippines marks the tenth deployment of Beyond2020, which effectively addresses some of the world’s most pressing sustainable development challenges, by providing quality healthcare, nutritious food, essential energy, and access to safe water for drinking and sanitation.

Mohammed Obaid Al Zaabi, UAE Ambassador to the Philippines, said, "As a wide-reaching humanitarian initiative spearheaded by the UAE government and its wise leadership to drive sustainable economic growth globally, Beyond2020 offers crucial and life-transforming solutions to beneficiaries worldwide. The initiative’s deployment in the Philippines offers communities innovative water technology solutions that aim to improve the health and wellbeing of rural residents through long-term impact, paving the way for an easier, safer and more sustainable lifestyle."

Al Zaabi added, "The UAE and the Philippines share a common vision towards building a more prosperous and sustainable future for their people, in accordance with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Moreover, the collaboration complements our historically close bilateral relations across multiple avenues. By tackling water scarcity, the drive to further optimise a vital resource for the benefit of communities in the Philippines, also coincides with the recent launch of the UAE’s ‘Principles of the 50’ that seek to stimulate socio-economic growth through humanitarian aid. They are important guiding principles inspired by the enduring legacy of the UAE’s founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed, based on his core values of sustainability, humanitarianism and global cooperation."

The communities of Cabagnaan and Altavista, that are located on different islands, share the same challenges, whereby water is not available and has to be fetched from a source located further downhill from the community. The deployment utilises a holistic ram pump water system by the Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation, Inc. (AIDFI), a 2020 Zayed Sustainability Prize finalist under the ‘Water’ category.

The Philippines Ambassador to the UAE, Hjayceelyn M. Quintana, added, "We are pleased to see the introduction of these essential, environmentally-friendly and life-changing solutions by the Beyond2020 initiative. The notable reach and impact of the technology supports the Philippine government’s drive to improve public services and the health of our citizens, with water being a key priority for social welfare and sustainable development."

"We are confident that the mobilisation of international action that empowers and supports our communities’ ability to access and manage water resources will promote widespread benefits to the daily lives of impacted beneficiaries. We therefore extend our gratitude to the initiative and its partners whose involvement has been central to the realisation of the project on the ground today."

Ólafur Grímsson, Chair of the Zayed Sustainability Prize Jury and former President of the Republic of Iceland, said, "Beyond2020’s latest project in the Philippines demonstrates the power of leveraging an innovative solution by our global community of winners and finalists and exploring its long-term capacity for beneficiaries. The initiative also demonstrates the power of collaboration as the Prize and its partners have impacted communities in 10 countries to-date, with further deployments scheduled for 2022."

In addition to providing clean water for drinking and sanitation, the carbon-neutral technology offers residents the opportunity to improve or pursue water-related livelihoods such as vegetable gardens, aquaculture, and livestock breeding, while facilitating a more conducive environment to avoid several waterborne diseases stemming from dirty water. Furthermore, access to improved hygiene grows in prominence given the importance of handwashing in preventing the spread of COVID-19, which is a pressing concern for vulnerable communities worldwide.

Ten deployments have been rolled out to date under the umbrella of Beyond2020, with another nine in progress. Completed deployments include vital energy, health, water and food-related solutions in Nepal, Tanzania, Uganda, Jordan, Egypt, Cambodia, Madagascar, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and the Philippines.

Beyond2020 brings together a leading number of partners, which include Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, Mubadala Petroleum and Masdar.

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Mohammed Al Sharqi chairs meeting of board of trustees of University of Science and Technology of Fujairah

FUJAIRAH, 6th February, 2023 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah, highlighted the key role of higher education establishments in supporting the national educational sector, noting the directives of H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah, to improve the quality of the education system.

He made this statement while chairing the regular meeting of the board of trustees of the University of Science and Technology of Fujairah.

The meeting’s participants discussed the university’s strategies and academic programmes for the 2022-2023 year, as well as its planned academic initiatives.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad lauded the efforts of the university’s board and teaching staff to support students and enhance their skills.

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Mohammed bin Rashid receives credentials of new ambassadors to UAE

DUBAI, 6th February, 2023 (WAM) — His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, today received, at Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi, the credentials of 16 new ambassadors to the UAE.

The ambassadors, whose credentials His Highness Sheikh Mohammed received, included Nicolas Niemtchinow, Ambassador of the French Republic; Lorenzo Fanara, Ambassador of the Republic of Italy; Radha Krishna Panday, Ambassador of Canada; Dr. Richard George Kay, Ambassador of New Zealand; Karen Grigorian, Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to the UAE; Alfonso Ferdinand, Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines; Vacaba Diaby, Ambassador of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire; Babacar Matar Ndiaye, Ambassador of the Republic of Senegal; Guy Ibrahim Membourou, Ambassador of the Republic of Gabon; Sorayut Chasombat, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand; Avondale Paul, Ambassador of the Commonwealth of Dominica; Ivan Jordanov, Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria; Udaya Indrarathna, Ambassador of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka; Norberto Escalona Carrillo, Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba; Younos Abdul Karim, Ambassador of the Republic of Malawi; and Yin Bon, Ambassador of the Union of Myanmar.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed said that the UAE Government will provide all the support needed for the newly appointed ambassadors to perform their duties, as part of the country’s commitment to strengthening international cooperation.

His Highness also highlighted the role of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in enhancing collaboration with all friendly nations.

In turn, the ambassadors conveyed the greetings of their countries’ leaders to the UAE and its people.

The ceremony was attended by H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior; H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court; H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence; Sheikh Shakhboot bin Nahyan Al Nahyan, Minister of State; and other senior government officials.

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Museum of the Future opens new shop with AI-driven audio

DUBAI, 6th February, 2023 (WAM) — The Museum of the Future has opened a physical store with an AI-driven audio offering limited-edition and exclusive items including replicas from some of its most popular exhibits.

Many of the items are inspired, designed, and made by local designers as well as internationally renowned artists, including Jason Bruges and Ally Powell.

The range includes a miniature version of “The Centre”, a creative piece of artwork inspired by the Al Waha exhibit. It also features an exclusive brass replica of the “Monument to the Pioneers”, a gallery art piece – in the form of the solar system and inspired by the OSS Hope exhibit.

Majed Al Mansoori, Deputy Executive Director of the Museum of the Future said that the stocking a wide range of exclusive, limited-edition products and memorabilia including unique items from local designers, offer everyone the chance to take home a piece of the future.

Around half of the products available are entirely bespoke to the museum, including those inspired by the cursive Arabic script, or Thuluth, that decorates the façade. These special collections celebrate both Arabic calligraphy and the 3D-printing technology used in the museum’s construction. In addition, there is a range of products, such as keychains, magnets, tote bags, coin purses, pouches, scarfs, books, and coffee sets.

Visitors can purchase clothes made from recycled materials, high-quality educational games inspired by the future, and limited-edition creations by local Emirati designers. For younger visitors, gifts for children inspired by the Future Heroes exhibit can also be found at the shop.

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