2015 UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) -$USD150,000 Prize.

Submission Deadline: May 31st 2015
The UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) consists of three annual awards of US $50,000 each to honour outstanding efforts of individuals, institutions, organizations or other entities engaged in ESD activities. Generously funded by the Government of Japan, the Prize will be awarded for the first time in 2015.
ESD empowers learners to take informed decisions and responsible actions for environmental integrity, economic viability and a just society, for present and future generations, while respecting cultural diversity. It is about lifelong learning, and is an integral part of quality education. ESD is holistic and transformational education which addresses learning content and outcomes, pedagogy and the learning environment. It achieves its purpose by transforming society.
The Global Action Programme on ESD, the follow-up to the United Nations Decade on ESD, intends to generate and scale-up action in all levels and areas of education and learning to accelerate progress towards sustainable development
  • Individuals, institutions, organizations or other entities engaged in ESD. Nominations must focus on a specific project or programme of the nominee

Who Can Submit Nominations:

  • Nominations should be submitted to the Director-General of UNESCO by Governments of Member States and non-governmental organizations in official partnership with UNESCO.
  • Each government or non-governmental organization can submit up to three nominations.
Selection criteria:
  • The three Prize winners will be selected by the Director-General of UNESCO on the basis of recommendations made by an international independent Jury consisting of five experts.
  • The project/programme of the nominee will be assessed by the Jury on the basis of the following criteria:
  • Transformation
  • Innovation
  • Integration

How to send in Nomination:

Kindly complete the ESD Prize Nomination Form in English or French. You can attach relevant supporting materials (e.g. publications) to the Nomination Form. Supporting materials should be less than twenty pages in total.
The Nomination Form must be accompanied with a written recommendation by the nominating party. A self-nomination cannot be considered. Only Governments of Member States and non- governmental organizations in official partnership with UNESCO can make nominations.
Submit the Nomination Form and any supporting materials to UNESCO via email to [email protected]. The documents must be received by UNESCO by 31 May 2015 .
Nominations can only be accepted from the official email accounts of Permanent Delegations
to UNESCO or non-governmental organizations in officialpartnership with UNESCO.
Supporting documents, if not attached to the nomination email, should be duplicated five times and sent by post to the following address:
Section of Education for Sustainable Development
Education Sector
7 Place de Fontenoy
75352 Paris 07 SP
  • Until 31 May 2015: Submission of Nomination Form
  • June-July 2015: International Jury Meeting
  • August-September 2015: Announcement of the Prize Winners
  • November 2015 (tbc): Award ceremony

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2015 UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)



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