Looking for solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges? Expo 2020 Dubai, through its Global Best Practice Programme, is highlighting a raft of clever, local answers with the potential to be adapted and scaled for enhanced global impact.
From a Norwegian programme to swap plastic waste for financial reward to an online software from Bhutan that calculates healthy, cost-effective school meals to a Cameroonian project to build sustainable refugee camps, all 25 selected projects have the potential to advance our collective impact towards the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the universally agreed plan of action for the peace and prosperity of people and the planet.
The Global Best Practice Programme, a feature of every World Expo, seeks to spotlight these solutions and provide a platform for knowledge exchange, where stakeholders from across the planet can be inspired and learn from each other, sparking solutions in other parts of the world.
All 25 selected projects will be showcased over six months to the millions of visitors expected to attend Expo 2020 Dubai, as well as more than 200 participants, including 192 countries, multilateral organisations, educational establishments and businesses.
The selected projects were announced at the SDG Action Zone on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, not long after the release of an Expo 2020-commissioned global survey showed that people around the world are united in their desire to create a happier, more inclusive, cleaner planet.
This tallies with Expo 2020’s Global Best Practice theme, ‘Small Steps, Big Leaps: Simple Solutions for Sustainable Impact’, founded on the belief that achieving the SDGs by the 2030 deadline requires local solutions to ensure no-one is left behind.
The programme received 1,175 applications from 141 countries. The final 25, detailed below, focus on five priority development areas identified by Expo’s Global Best Practice Programme.
They were chosen by a highly prestigious jury that included representatives from the Bureau International des Expositions (the governing body of World Expos), the University of Cambridge, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, World Bank, UN-Habitat, UN-Water, UNDP, UNICEF, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Renewable Energy Agency, Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, and the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth.
Inclusive and sustainable service delivery:
Livelihoods and enterprise development:
- 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
- Electronic Rickshaw Services by Women for Women, UN Women, Nepal
- 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
Water, food and energy security:
- 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