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Hamdan Bin Rashid presents DIABP to 12 winners.

Summary: Dubai - His Highness Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and Chairman of Dubai Municipality on Tuesday presented the awards to 12 winners of the eighth cycle of Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment (DIABP).

Dubai - His Highness Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and Chairman of Dubai Municipality on Tuesday presented the awards to 12 winners of the eighth cycle of Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment (DIABP).

A special ceremony was held at the Cultural and Scientific Association at Al Mamzar to distribute the prizes in the presence of officials of United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat), the partners of the award, diplomats from the winning countries, top government officials and other dignitaries in Dubai.

An independent jury of international experts had earlier selected the ten winners in the Best Practices category, and two in the Best Practices Transfer category. The winners of this cycle come from Angola, Kenya, Lebanon, Mongolia, Bulgaria, Spain (2 winners), Brazil, El Salvador, and Mexico in the Best Practices category and two winners from Austria and Argentina in the Best Practice Transfers category. Each one of the twelve winning practices received a cash prize worth US$30,000, in addition to the 'Barjeel' trophy and certificate of merit.

Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, who welcomed the winners of the eighth cycle of DIABP, said the Award has endeavoured to achieve lofty goals since its launch in 1995 in collaboration with the United Nations through the UNCHS.

'These objectives could not have been achieved without the unlimited support of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and the diligent and persistent follow up of His Highness Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, and Chairman of Dubai Municipality, which had the greatest impact in reaching the award an international standing on the map of international awards in this field,' he pointed out.

Lootah said that during this cycle, DIABP attracted participants from all over the world. 'We received as many as 384 nominations from more than 60 countries. The Technical Advisory Committee has exerted great efforts by holding a number of meetings to shortlist 102 submissions, from which 12 best practices were selected by the international jury,' he said.

He noted that the Emirate of Dubai, represented by Dubai Municipality has endeavoured to make this award an open window to the world to the benefit of all countries, and exchange of experience among them, and this was evident from the winning practices, which came from all continents of the world.

'We, at Dubai Municipality, are keen to ensure the geographical expansion of the award in collaboration with our partners, the UNCHS, and other international organizations and bodies, and through them we aim to encourage and honour the achievements and experiences of human excellence. Now, as we celebrate the eighth cycle of the Award, we are pleased to announce that the Award has attracted during all its cycles since 1995 to date, more than 4,400 practices from 155 countries, which are available for all to review and take advantage of them,' he remarked.

Lootah, who congratulated the winners who have enriched their communities and their local environments through their projects, also thanked the partners of the Award from the different organizations and bodies and educational institutions for their interest in the award and their efforts to publicize it in their communities and the members the International Jury.

Daniel Biau, Director, Regional and Technical Cooperation Division, UNCHS (Habitat), who delivered the speech on behalf of Dr. Joan Clos, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, said that this year's award ceremony comes at a time when climate change continues to be a key issue in our policy and development agenda.

'Winning the award validates our work and tells us that we are moving in the right direction and that interventions centred on human rights and sustainability criteria are being recognized by the world,' said Allen Cain from Angola, who delivered the winners' speech.

The nominations accepted for the 8th cycle of the award were on best practices implemented by local and federal governments, NGOs and the private sector that address the various issues related to safe housing, poverty eradication, economic development, environmental management, land use management, issues of children and youth, architecture and urban planning as well as several other issues.

The best practices nominations addressed the issues that affect the lives of people, and in fact, provided concrete solutions to the problems faced by communities around the world in their efforts to provide better living conditions for the population. All the submissions received will be added to the UN-Habitat Best Practices database to help in the sharing of knowledge and the transfer of best practices to other communities around the world.

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Date:Mar 29, 2011
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