Expo 2020 Dubai is inviting projects helping
communities respond to the impact of the global pandemic to submit proposals to
its Global Best Practice Programme.
Selected projects will be showcased at Expo
2020 as part of its mission to recognise and promote simple and impactful
innovations that are addressing humanity’s most pressing challenges.
The call is open to governments, NGOs,
international organisations, educational institutions, public-private
partnerships and social entrepreneurs. It invites proposals demonstrating
success toward building a ‘better normal’ through short- and long-term
integrated solutions that can be adapted, replicated and scaled globally.
The programme will highlight selected projects
in five priority areas: Health and wellbeing; water, sanitation and hygiene;
education and skills development; protecting livelihoods; and digitalisation.
Applications will be reviewed by a jury
composed of members from the
United Nations, Dubai Cares, and Cisco, Expo 2020’s Official Digital Network
Partner. Selected projects will then join the Global Best Practice Programme’s
existing cohort of 45 projects that will help inspire collective action towards
a brighter future.
Proposals to the initiative can be submitted
until 31 December 2020 using the online application form
The selected best practices will be announced in the first half of 2021.
Launched in 2018, Expo’s Global Best Practice
Programme highlights the importance of bringing together creative minds to
develop innovative solutions and is an integral part of Expo 2020’s commitment
to encouraging positive change through cooperation and knowledge sharing.
Expo 2020’s programming, including themed
weeks and international day events, will highlight issues such as climate
change, health and wellness, inequality and environmental degradation,
encouraging conversation and action towards helping achieve the Sustainable
The first World Expo in the Middle East, Africa
and South Asia (MEASA) region, Expo 2020 will run for six months from 1 October
2021 until 31 March 2022. The event will coincide with the 50-year anniversary of
the founding of the UAE, and highlight the country’s role as a global
connecting hub for people, ideas, and innovation.