2016 UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (USD $150,000 Prize)

Application Deadline: midnight of 30 April 2016 (UTC+1, Paris time).

The UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development honours outstanding projects by individuals, institutions and organizations related to ESD.

The prize, which is funded by the Government of Japan, consists of three annual awards of USD 50,000 for each recipient. It was awarded for the first time by the DIrector-General of UNESCO in a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 5 November 2015 .

The Prize and award winners recognize the role of education in connecting the social, economic, cultural and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. The Global Action Programme on ESD (GAP) calls for scaling up of ESD action at all levels as a means of implementing all the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Prize was established by the Executive Board of UNESCO at its 195th session within the framework of the GAP on Education for Sustainable Development and officially announced at the UNESCO World Conference on ESD (10-12 November 2014, Aichi-Nagoya, Japan).

Who can submit nominations?

Nominations can be submitted to the Director-General of UNESCO by Governments of Member States via their Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, and by Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in official partnership with UNESCO. Each Permanent Delegation or NGO can make up to three nominations for any edition of the Prize. Self-nominations are not accepted.

How to submit nominations?

1. Complete the Online Nomination Form
The nomination form must be completed online in English or French via a platform accessible through the UNESCO website: https://teams.unesco.org/org/ed/esd-prize
  • Nominations must be completed online by the Permanent Delegation to UNESCO of the concerned Member State, or by an NGO in official partnership with UNESCO, through their official UNESTEAMS account.
  • It is possible for National Commissions to UNESCO to access and complete the online form. However, any nomination by a National Commission will need to be submitted by the Permanent Delegation to UNESCO of the respective Member State. An automatic notification message will be sent to the official e-mail address of the Delegation to this end.
  • If a National Commission or Permanent Delegation to UNESCO wishes that the form be completed electronically by the nominees, UNESCO can create a UNESTEAMS account for each nominee. A request should be sent to esdprize@unesco.org before 15 April 2016. After completion of the online form by the nominee, the concerned National Commission and Permanent Delegation will receive a notification e-mail and can review the nomination before the Permanent Delegation submits to UNESCO.
  • Attention should be paid to presenting the project/programme of the nominee in a clear and structured way, following the instructions given in the form.
  • All supporting material (e.g. publications, photos, videos) must be transmitted electronically through the online system.
  • While completing the Form, please also keep in mind that the project/programme will be assessed by the Jury on the basis of the selection criteria.

2. Submit the Online Nomination Form

  • Nominations have to be submitted in the online system by the concerned Permanent Delegations to UNESCO or the NGO by midnight of 30 April 2016 (UTC+1, Paris time).
  • Kindly note that each Permanent Delegation or NGO may not submit more than three nominations.
  • 27 January 2016: Launch of Call for Nominations
  • 30 April 2016: Last date to submit Online Nominations
  • 29/30 June 2016: International Jury Meeting
  • Mid-September 2016: Announcement of the Prize Winners
  • October 2016: Award Ceremony

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2016 UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development

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