The UNESCO-Japan Prize for Education for Sustainable Development 2017 now open for nominations



The UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is now open for nominations. The prize is a part of the framework of the Global Action Programme on ESD (GAP) and honours outstanding projects by individuals, institutions and organisations that are working with ESD.

UNESCO is seeking nominations and inviting all Governments of all Member States as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs), in official partnership with UNESCO, to nominate three individuals, institutions or organisations engaged in ESD. SWEDESD is a Key Partner and Chair for Action Area 3 within GAP and coordinates capacity building of teachers and trainers worldwide.

The prize, which is funded by the Government of Japan, consists of three annual awards. Nominations must be focused on a specific ESD project or programme of the nominee. They will be assessed by an independent jury of five international experts on the basis of their potential for transformation, integration and innovation. Projects must have been running for at least four years, already show evidence of a high impact, be easily replicable and scalable and contribute to one or more of the five Priority Action Areas of GAP

All nominations must be submitted online by 2 May 2017, only accessible to UNESCO Member States and NGOs in official partnership. The three laureates will be announced by the Director-General of UNESCO in September.

The UNESCO-Japan Prize was awarded for the first time in 2015. The winners 2015 were rootAbility (Germany) , ASOCIACION SERES (Guatemala and El Salvador) and JAYAGIRI CENTRE (Indonesia). Last year, 2016, the prize went to Centre for Community Regeneration and Development (Cameroon), Okayama ESD Promotion (Japan), and Commission National Union of Students UK, (United Kingdom). 

UNESCO has now co-organized, in collaboration with partners, a follow-up event in Japan to strengthen links and experience-sharing between the 2015 and 2016 prize-winners and further promote their projects. The event will take place in Japan 22-25 January 2017. 

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