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Next 10 years crucial for people and planet: UAE minister

Officials at DP World and Expo 2020 Dubai have expressed their happiness at joining hands as the Global Alliance Founding Partner of The Earthshot Prize launched by Britain's Prince William.

The prince launched the multi-million-pound environmental prize on Thursday, teaming up with celebrities including footballer Dani Alves and Alibaba founder Jack Ma to launch a prize aimed at tackling the world's climate problems.

Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, and director-general of Expo 2020 Dubai, said the next 10 years mark a crucial period for people and our planet.    

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, group chairman and CEO of DP World, said: "We believe in protecting our people and our planet through world-class safety and environmental standards. We focus on making a positive impact on economies and societies wherever we work, so we are proud to be a partner of The Earthshot Prize."

The Earthshot Prize will award five £1 million (Dh4.75 million)prizes each year for the next 10 years under the categories of protecting and restoring nature, cleaner air, reviving oceans, waste-reduction and climate change. "By 2030 we really hope to have made huge strides in fixing some of the biggest problems the Earth faces," William, 38, said.

Winners will be chosen by the Earthshot Prize Council, which include British naturalist David Attenborough, Queen Rania of Jordan, Australian actor Cate Blanchett, Colombian singer Shakira and former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres.

Attenborough, 94, said time is of the essence. "Suddenly there are real dangers that there may be a tipping point in which the icecaps of the North Pole begin to melt, which it's doing already," he said. "It's a matter of great urgency now."

Nominations will open on November 1 ahead of the first awards ceremony in the autumn next year. The prize fund will be provided by the project's global alliance founding partners, a group which includes the philanthropic bodies of billionaires like Jack Ma, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, and Michael Bloomberg.

Five Earthshots . Protect and restore natur?e . Clean our air . Revive our oceans . Build a waste-free world . Fix our climate


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