05 DEC 2023
Winner of Inaugural ADSW Global Digital Art Competition Announced
• Competition received hundreds of submissions from artists around the world, with overall winner from Spain chosen from shortlist of three
• Artwork focused on impacts of climate change and the urgent need for climate action • Awarding Ceremony took place during the ADSW Summit, held during the Special Edition of ADSW at COP28
Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), a global initiative championed by the UAE and its clean energy powerhouse Masdar, today announced the winner of its inaugural Global Digital Art Competition, harnessing the power of visual creativity to communicate the urgency of addressing climate change through the creative, dynamic and diverse medium of digital art.
With an overarching theme of preserving the planet, the competition invited emerging and established artists of all ages from across the globe to create original digital artworks that align with COP28's crucial climate action themes. Artists were asked to capture how precious and vulnerable the planet is to raise awareness about climate change and inspire climate action.
The overall winning artwork by artistic duo Nastplas, was announced during the awards ceremony at the ADSW Summit, the anchor event of the ADSW Special Edition at COP28. Artworks from the competition will be displayed across various events of the ADSW Special Edition.
Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer, Masdar, said: “The ADSW Global Digital Art Competition is a powerful reminder that climate action must be a collective effort. Launched in 2008, ADSW embodies this idea, as a global initiative championed by the UAE and Masdar that continues to facilitate the growth of partnerships and cooperation toward climate action. I would like to thank all artists who took part in the competition and congratulate the three finalists who were able to join us here at COP28 in the UAE.”
The Competition’s selection committee consisted of: Dr. Lamya Fawwaz, Executive Director, Brand & Strategic Initiatives, Masdar; Dyala Nusseibeh, Director of Abu Dhabi Art; Daria Prodaevich, Managing Director of the Theatre of Digital Art; Rita Magnus, who leads Arts and Culture Programming at COP28, as well as Emirati artists Diaa Allam, Khalil Abdulwahid and Sultan Al Ramahi.
Dr. Lamya Fawwaz, Executive Director, Brand & Strategic Initiatives, Masdar said: “Art has the power to focus our attention and create change. 33 percent of artworks submitted were created with AI, and 55 percent of submissions received were from women. These numbers reiterate that inclusive cooperation is vital – all voices to achieve climate action are needed. On behalf of the Selection Committee, I would like to congratulate the winner and thank all the artists who submitted artworks from across the globe.”
ADSW continues to play a critical role in maintaining worldwide climate momentum at COP28, by enabling impactful and inclusive dialogue between all global stakeholders, translating pledges into practical solutions for a net-zero future.
04 DEC 2023
Khaled Bin Mohamed Bin Zayed attends ADSW Summit Inauguration at COP28
His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, has attended the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week Summit inauguration, part of the ADSW Special Edition at COP28, at Expo City, Dubai.
The ADSW Summit was also attended by His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence; His Excellency Sheikh Shakhbout bin Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of State; His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and President of COP28; His Excellency Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure; Her Excellency Sara Awad Issa Musallam, Chairperson of Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge; His Excellency Engineer Awaidha Murshed Al Marar, Abu Dhabi Chairman of the Department of Energy; His Excellency Ahmed Jassem Al Zaabi, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development; and His Excellency Saif Saeed Ghobash, Secretary General of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council.
During the visit, His Highness the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi highlighted the high priority given by the UAE to sustainability initiatives as part of the country’s ongoing development journey. His Highness pointed out that declaring the year 2023 the Year of Sustainability under the theme ‘Today for Tomorrow’ reflects the UAE leadership’s unwavering commitment to championing environmental initiatives, encouraging local, regional, and international community engagement, and supporting global efforts to mitigate the impacts of climate change and help build a more sustainable future for coming generations.
His Excellency Dr Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and COP28 President, said: "With the world coming together for climate action at COP28 here in the UAE, the ADSW Summit has provided a unique opportunity to further engage with leaders from across the world to focus keeping 1.5 within reach. Cooperation, collaboration, and the role of partnerships are vital in the climate conversation, and I look forward to the world uniting to take even more action during COP28.”
Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar, provided Opening Remarks at the Summit. During his remarks, he highlighted the important legacy of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in bringing together public sector, civil society, and business to achieve climate action, and that as the world looks for solutions to tackle the greatest challenge of our lifetime, there is no better example than the United Arab Emirates and Masdar.
Under the theme ‘United on Climate Action’, the international gathering has brought together forward-thinking leaders from the public sector, civil society, and business to discuss sustainable investments, climate innovations and financial inclusion for a just transition to a net-zero future.
The ADSW Summit featured a series of keynote speeches, fireside chats and panel discussions focusing on sustainable investments, climate innovations, and financial inclusion for a just transition.
Throughout COP28, ADSW continues to provide a bridge for thought leadership by hosting events in both the blue and green zones, enabling timely and relevant climate action conversation and debate to accredited parties, observer delegates and the general public.
In the Green Zone, the ADSW Partnership Hub will run a series of structured collaborative activities on December 5 and 6, bringing together delegates and attendees to advance collaborations toward climate action. The Hub will host panels, roundtables, and networking events that will engage and encourage participants to exchange ideas, learn from each other, and build valuable partnerships.
The ADSW Special Edition is focused on enabling impactful and inclusive dialogue between all global stakeholders and translating pledges into practical solutions.