Call for Nominations 2016: Education for Sustainable Development by The UNESCO-Japan

Call for Nominations 2016: Education for Sustainable Development by The UNESCO-Japan

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Call for Nominations 2016: Education for Sustainable Development by The UNESCO-Japan

Deadline:April 30, 2016


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).

Nominations can be made by Governments of UNESCO Member States via their Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in official partnership with UNESCO. Nominations must focus on a specific ESD project or programme of the nominee. Each Permanent Delegation or NGO can make up to three nominations for any edition of the Prize.

Self-nominations are not accepted.


The project/programme of the nominee are assessed by the Jury on the basis of the following criteria:

A) Transformation:

The project/programme practices Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) as transformative education in support of sustainable development.

ESD is transformative education in that it empowers learners to transform themselves and the society they live in. The nominated project/programme should therefore enable learners to bring about changes for a more just, peaceful and sustainable world. This can mean, for example, taking action against climate change, changing one’s consumption patterns, developing social entrepreneurship and sustainable livelihoods, or supporting those struggling against poverty.

B) Integration:

The project/programme addresses the three dimensions of sustainable development (society, economy, environment) in an integrated way.

Sustainable development calls for the integration of the social, economic and environmental dimensions of development. The nominated project/programme should be in line with this definition of sustainable development. It should address the three dimensions (society, economy, environment), and help learners understand the interdependence between them and act accordingly.

C) Innovation

The project/programme demonstrates an innovative approach to ESD.

Sustainable development requires going beyond ‘business as usual’ and ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking. The nominated project/programme should demonstrate an innovative approach to ESD, be it in the themes it covers, the methodology it employs, or the way the learning environment is designed. Reaching out to sectors beyond education and working with new partners can also be a sign of innovation.

In addition to these three criteria, the project/programme should:

  • have been running for at least two years
  • have a high impact relative to the invested resources
  • be replicable and scalable
  • contribute to one or more of the five Priority Action Areas of the GAP.

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:

  • Nominations must be completed online by the Permanent Delegation to UNESCO of the concerned Member State, or by na 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 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.
  1. 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.

For any questions regarding the UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD or the submission process, please contact theSecretariat of the Prize at the Section of Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship of UNESCO: Ms Miriam Tereick; phone: +33 (0) 1 45 68 16 68; e-mail: