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President Sheikh Mohamed initiates a $150 million effort to combat global water scarcity.

Photos: UAE Presidential Court

President Sheikh Mohamed has introduced a $150 million initiative to combat global water shortages, partnering with the American XPrize Foundation. The XPrize Water Scarcity competition, a five-year, $119 million global initiative, focuses on creating sustainable and affordable seawater desalination systems to ensure widespread access to clean water.

The Mohammed bin Zayed Water Initiative (MBZWI), chaired by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs, was launched on Thursday. The event took place at the Niqa bin Ateej Water Tank and Park in Khalidiya, Abu Dhabi, with Sheikh Mohamed and Sheikh Abdullah in attendance, along with key officials.

Addressing the urgency of the water scarcity crisis, Sheikh Abdullah emphasized the need for new and efficient solutions. Prof Nidal Hilal, part of the XPrize Water Scarcity advisory board, highlighted the historic nature of the prize, calling it a global quest for peace.

The competition is open to innovators worldwide, encouraging collaboration and innovative ideas to tackle water scarcity. The UAE, in a paper published in December, urged a coordinated international response to the pressing issue of global water scarcity. The document outlined the causes, implications, and potential solutions, stressing the need for collective action to address this growing challenge that affects billions of people globally. Water scarcity poses risks such as loss of life, food insecurity, economic underdevelopment, humanitarian crises, involuntary migration, geopolitical instability, and potential armed conflict. The Mohamed bin Zayed Water Initiative aims to be a catalyst for transformative solutions in the face of this critical global issue.

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