Call for Nominations: UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Award 2020

Call for Nominations: UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Award 2020

Deadline: August 17, 2020

Call for nominations is ongoing for the UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Award 2020 to be presented on the occasion of the global observance of World Habitat Day on October 5, 2020.

UN-Habitat is the United Nations programme working towards a better urban future. Its mission is to “promote transformative change in cities and human settlements through knowledge, policy advice, technical assistance and collaborative action to leave no one and no place behind”.

The UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour award was launched in 1989 and is one of the most prestigious human settlements award in the world. It aims to acknowledge initiatives which have made outstanding contributions in the field of human settlements, provision of housing, highlighting the plight of people living in poverty or who have been displaced, developing and improving human settlements and the quality of urban life to leave no one behind echoing the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 with emphasis on Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.


  • The award, a plaque engraved with the name of the winner, will be presented during the Global Observance of World Habitat Day on October 5, 2020.


Individuals, organizations, the private sector, government, non governmental, bilateral and multi-lateral aid agencies dealing with sustainable projects which have had great impact in society, and any Habitat Agenda partner who has improved the lives of people can be nominated for the UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour.

These include:

  • Government and inter-governmental organizations or agencies, including bilateral aid agencies
  • Local and Regional Governments or their associations
  • Civil society organizations
  • The private sector
  • National Habitat Committees or focal points
  • Research and academic institutions
  • Public or private foundations
  • Multilateral agencies (United Nations Agencies, World Bank, etc.)
  • The media
  • Individuals


Candidates for this year’s UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Award should submit details of their achievements. Submissions should not exceed 5 pages, however there is no limitation on supporting material that can be attached as annexes. All submissions should have the following format:

  • Background: Substantive information about the organization or individual nominated, including mission, goals, history and duration of experience in the field of human settlements.
  • Description of the initiative or project: Situation or problem addressed, objectives, target beneficiaries, investment in the project in terms of capacity, material and financial resources, activities undertaken, duration of the project, achievements and outputs (provide photographs/evidence of outputs), lessons learnt, best practices from the project.
  • Main partners: List partners and their roles and levels of participation in the planning, design, implementation and funding of the project.
  • Impact: Estimated number of beneficiaries, types of beneficiaries e.g. women, children, people living in poverty, victims of displacements, etc. Impact on beneficiaries’ living conditions e.g. social, economic, environmental, health, education, employment, security of tenure, crime reduction, community involvement in decisions/ governance, etc. Provide quantitative and qualitative values.
  • Sustainability: Describe how the initiative has created lasting change (by enacting new legislation or policy, by promoting capacity building and community empowerment, by strengthening the institutional framework, by enforcing efficiency, accountability and transparency etc.).
    • Indicate how long the positive impact has been sustained so far. If there is ongoing investment to maintain the positive results, give details of how this is secured, and its commercial and social sustainability.
  • Transferability and upscaling: Indicate whether this is a replicable best practice and explain the process of replication where applicable.
  • Innovation: Describe the main innovative aspects of the initiative.
  • Recognition of the initiative: Provide a list of references, articles, publications, media reports about the initiative starting with the most recent ones and where possible send copies of the articles as an annex.


To nominate an organization, individual or project for this year’s award:

  • Submit the duly filled online nomination form in English here.
  • Or submit the nomination form in English with attachment to [email protected]
  • It is not possible to nominate yourself, your own organization or project.

For more information, visit UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Award.