UAE’s environmental protection was acclaimed at Cannes Film Festival 2019, where Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, also earned the Colombe d’Or in respect of his continuous contribution to global environmental protection.
The UAE was named Country of Honour 2019, a merit or quality bestowed by the Monaco Better World Forum (MBWF), a global platform of thought leaders and influencers committed to innovating and strengthening the standard approaches to humanitarian assistance, business best practices, biodiversity conservation, and environmental protection.
The accolade acknowledges the UAE’s noticeable pledge to climate action and the nation’s environmental control over the years.
Speaking at the awards gala, the minister stated that such distinguished international kudos confirm the UAE’s sustained and marvelous environmental and development journey. He added that their abiding commitment to conserve the resources of the natural world and alleviating the causes of climate change at home and around the world through a line of bills and strategies as well as drives and projects on the ground have gathered the nation international attention as a vocal environmental advocate.
He also commended the role of the Monaco Better World Forum in leveraging the merged power of entertainment, brands, technology, and culture to bring about awareness and mobilize millions of people around the globe to act boldly for the environment.
Dr. Lamya Fawwaz, Director of the Zayed Sustainability Prize, accompanied Dr. Al Zeyoudi on the visit to Cannes. Presenting the attendees to the prize, its objectives, and meaningful accomplishments to date, she called them to visit the UAE and witness the forthcoming award ceremony firsthand.
Also present at the gala dinner and walking the red carpet with Dr. Al Zeyoudi was a host of celebrities and environmental campaigner, including American actor Christopher Tucker.