Expo 2020 Global Best Practice Programme features 20 projects

Known as ‘Untold Stories’, the 20 projects have joined the programme’s inaugural cohort of 25 projects

"These 20 selected projects are already having a real, positive impact on people’s lives."
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"These 20 selected projects are already having a real, positive impact on people’s lives."

Expo 2020 Dubai has unveiled its second stream of projects within the Global Best Practice Programme, which feature 20 projects that address some of the world’s biggest challenges, including those laid out in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Known as ‘Untold Stories’, the 20 projects have joined the programme’s inaugural cohort of 25 projects.

From Nimr Water Treatment Plant in Oman’s desert to a project from the UK’s SafetyNet Technologies, that builds battery-powered underwater fishing lights to reduce unwanted catch, and UAE-based Alef Education that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to personalise learning experiences for students, these projects have made it to the Global Best Practice Programme.

Speaking about the programme, HE 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: “These 20 selected projects are already having a real, positive impact on people’s lives, at a time when millions face significant challenges in their lives.”

“Projects under the programme will benefit from a unique platform that will bring together change-makers from around the world, facilitating knowledge transfer, global collaboration and inspiring concrete action towards the SDGs, in line with our theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’.

Meanwhile, secretary general of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Dimitri Kerkentzes, said: “At their core, Expos are educational events that share knowledge and disseminate the latest and most useful innovations for the benefit of all.”

“We are delighted to witness the growth of the Best Practice Area at Expo 2020 Dubai and look forward to seeing its continued development as we drive forward in solidarity towards a brighter future.”

Compared to the first stream, call for proposals for the second stream saw projects being applied to the programme.

These were then selected by a jury, who were looking for innovative and successful solutions in the programme’s five key focus areas: inclusive and sustainable service delivery; livelihoods and enterprise development; resilient habitats; social development; and water, food and energy security.

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