Winners of 2012 award cycle with His Highness Sheikh Hamdan
bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, His Excellency
Qassim Sultan, Director General of Dubai Municipality, and
Her Excellencey Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of
UN-HABITAT after the award ceremony.
"Award-winning initiatives such as Dubai
International Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment
(DIABP) have made a tangible and significant difference in
the lives of thousands of urban and rural dwellers around
the world," said Anna Tibaijuka, executive director of
UN-Habitat, while addressing the award ceremony.
"Every one of the winning practices represented
here today has successfully addressed one or more Millennium
Development Goals (MDG), and has done so in a sustainable
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"Our aim is to make the award a window which
is open to the world, benefiting every state and allowing
the exchange of expertise," said Qasim Sultan, director-general
of Dubai Municipality.....
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The winners and their
Beatrice Mutethya Mutisya and Samuel M Mutiso from
Kenya ... Sand dams were built in semi-arid land
to retain water, as a result water sources were closer to
Kokougan Samuel Apaloo and Djoske Zohou in Togo
... Their initiative empowered school leavers and graduates
to create their own jobs and become self-reliant.
Sana Abu Bakr and Rafiq Haider Hussaini from Palestine
... Their information technology for youth programme involved
both school-based and community-based interventions to improve
IT learning skills.
Zhang Tiemin and Li Shusong from China ...
For cleaning up Tangshan in China. More than 30 years of coal
mining had left the area devastated.
Ahang Kowsar and Azartaj Davaii from Iran ... The
water harnessing programme addressed the vicious cycle of
poverty, ignorance, desertification and drought affecting
nomads in the Gareh Bygone Plains in Iran.
Pedro Guilermo Pavicich and Antonio Luis Lattuca from Argentina
... An urban agricultural programme was carried out in Rosario.
Around 10,000 families were involved in improving the urban
Manoel Carlos Antunes and Gervasio Da Cunha Morgando from
Brazil... The project involving education, health,
social assistance, environmental and cultural policies aimed
to prevent the exploitation of child labour.
Frank Palermo and Ann Francis-Muise from Canada ...
The project enhanced the living conditions of many First Nation
Vincente Gabriel Cara and Frances Campus Sague from
Alber-Ter, Spain... A joint ecological, environmental
and cultural inter-dependence of the river basin has led to
an integrated plan for territorial cohesion, economic development
and sustainability of the region.
Dildor Alimbekova and Mekhrinisa of Uzbekistan ..
The initiative impacted positively on the economic situation
of the country, raised women's economic role and status, overcame
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