UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education For Sustainable Development 2017 -$150,000 USD In Prizes

UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education For Sustainable Development 2017 -$150,000 USD In Prizes

Deadline: May 2, 2017

UNESCO-Japan is seeking nominations for the third edition of the UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).  This Prize aims to honour and showcase outstanding ESD projects and programmes worldwide.

Eligibility &Selection Criteria


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.

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:The project/programme practices Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) as transformative education in support of sustainable development, , leading to individual and social change.
  • Innovation: The project/programme demonstrates an innovative approach to ESD.
  • Integration: The project/programme addresses the three dimensions of sustainable development (society, economy, environment) in an integrated way.


USD 150,000 to be divided between three recipients.

How to Submit Nominations

The nomination form must be completed online in English or French via a platform accessible through the UNESCO website at this link for nominating entities only.
  • 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 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 [email protected] 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.
  • 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 2 May 2017 (UTC+1, Paris time).
  • Kindly note that each Permanent Delegation or NGO may not submit more than three nominations.

Key Dates

  • 17 January 2017: Launch of Call for Nominations
  • 2 May 2017: Last date to submit Online Nominations
  • 14/15 June 2017: International Jury Meeting
  • September 2017: Announcement of the Prize-winners
  • November 2017: Award Ceremony in Paris, France (TBC)

E-mail inquiries to [email protected]

For more information, visit UNESCO Prize on Education For Sustainable Development .