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UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development 2018

Deadline: May 3, 2018

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

Funded by the Government of Japan, the Prize annually rewards three outstanding ESD projects and programmes with US$ 50,000 each. Governments of all Member States as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in official partnership with UNESCO are now invited to nominate up to three individuals, institutions or organizations engaged in ESD for the 2018 edition.


  • Open to Individuals, institutions, organizations or other entities engaged in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

  • Nominations must focus on a specific ESD project or programme of the nominee

  • Nominations must be written in English or French and need to focus 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 the Global Action Programme on ESD.

  • Self-nominations are not accepted.

  • Interested candidates are advised to contact the National Commission for UNESCO in their country, or an NGO in official partnership with UNESCO.

Selection Criteria

The three Prize winners are 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 are assessed by the Jury on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Transformation

  • Integration

  • Innovation


  • Nominations must be submitted at this link, only accessible to UNESCO Member States and NGOs in official partnership.

  • 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 [email protected](link sends e-mail) before 14 April 2017. 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.

For more information, visit UNESCO-Japan Prize.


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