Beyond2020 is the continuation and expansion of the pioneering UAE-led humanitarian initiative 20by2020, which was launched by the Zayed Sustainability Prize in partnership with several leading local and international organisations in December 2019. Beyond2020 represents Phase 2 of the initiative, having reached 8 countries, and impacted approximately 110,000 people during its first phase and debut year.
Going ‘beyond generations’, ‘beyond borders’ and ‘beyond limits’, Beyond2020 offers critical, life-transforming solutions to a broader number of beneficiaries worldwide, providing tech for good and fostering development that is inclusive and sustainable.
Beyond2020 remains inspired by the enduring legacy of the UAE’s founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The initiative seeks to continue championing Sheikh Zayed’s sustainability and humanitarian values by providing a unique platform for former Zayed Sustainability Prize winners and finalists to deploy their innovations in communities that need them the most and reach a much wider number of people.
Moreover, Beyond2020 acknowledges 2020; an unprecedented year that witnessed vast changes and posed several socio-economic challenges on a global scale, with the advent of COVID-19 placing further burdens on vital resources, future planning, and the livelihoods of vulnerable communities around the world.
In 2021, Beyond2020 played a key role in further supporting sustainable development on the ground, as the world engaged and coordinated action towards a sustainable recovery. The initiative’s second phase kicked off with deployments in Bangladesh, The Philippines and Rwanda, bringing its total impact to 150,600 lives, while deployments in the pipeline include Costa Rica, Malaysia, Vietnam, India, Lebanon, The Sudan, Ethiopia, Colombia and Peru.
Beyond2020 reiterates the unwavering commitment of the initiative and its partners to improving lives through long-term impact, as it continues to support various UN Sustainable Development Goals and grass root transformation efforts to create a brighter and more sustainable future.
BNP Paribas is a leading European bank with international reach. It has presence in 68 countries, with more than 193,000 employees. BNP Paribas has been operating in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, including the GCC, for over 45 years, in the fields of Corporate & Institutional Banking and International Financial Services.
The Group helps its clients realise their projects through solutions spanning financing, investment, savings and protection insurance. BNP Paribas also enjoys top positions in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas, as well as a solid and fast-growing business in Asia-Pacific.
Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) is the UAE’s leading development-financing institution that supports developing countries to achieve sustainable and inclusive growth. Established in 1971, ADFD provides funds for infrastructure projects in those countries in the form of concessionary loans and manages Abu Dhabi government grants in line with the UAE's foreign aid policy. In addition, ADFD invests in vital companies which also helps partner countries to achieve impactful economic, social and environmental objectives.
Furthermore, supporting the national economy is a key priority for ADFD by giving priority to national companies to implement projects it finances in various countries of the world and supporting the national private sector inside and outside the country, in addition to supporting UAE exports to enhance their competitiveness and enable them to access global markets.
Mubadala Petroleum is a leading international energy company, managing assets and operations spanning 11 countries globally, with a primary geographic focus on the Middle East and North Africa, Russia and Southeast Asia.
Established in 2012, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mubadala Investment Company (Mubadala), which is owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi.
It is committed to making a positive impact by providing safe, responsible and affordable energy that powers the sustainable development of communities around the world and support energy transition goals.
Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company Masdar is advancing the commercialization and deployment of renewable energy, sustainable urban development and clean technologies to address global sustainability challenges.
Established in 2006, Masdar’s mandate is to help maintain the UAE’s leadership in the global energy sector, while supporting the diversification of both its economy and energy sources for the benefit of future generations.
A catalyst for renewable energy development across more than 40 countries, Masdar is demonstrating how the business community can deliver on the global sustainability agenda.
Beyond2020, a UAE-driven humanitarian initiative, led by the Zayed Sustainability Prize in partnership with various leading organisations, continues to successfully transform the lives of thousands of people across the world. Watch our latest high-impact deployments that are empowering communities with technologies and long-term solutions needed for sustainable growth.