Nominations Open for UNESCO 2016 Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development

Fuente: Fundsforngo´s

Nominations are open for The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) 2016 Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development to honor and showcase outstanding efforts of individuals, institutions and organizations engaged in ESD activities.

The annual UNESCO-Japan Prize is funded by the Government of Japan and was established in 2014 within the framework of the Global Action Programme on ESD (GAP).

It was awarded for the first time in November 2015 to three organizations from Germany, Indonesia and Guatemala and El Salvador.

The overarching goal of the GAP is “to generate and scale up action in all levels and areas of education and learning to accelerate progress towards sustainable development”.

This Prize is endowed with USD 50,000 for each of the three recipients


  • To reorient education and learning so that everyone has the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that empower them to contribute to sustainable development
  • To strengthen education and learning in all agendas, programmes and activities that promote sustainable development

Approach to ESD Action

  • Integrating sustainable development into education
  • Integrating education into sustainable development

Priority Action Areas of GAP

  • Advancing policy;
  • Transforming learning and training environments;
  • Building capacities of educators and trainers;
  • Empowering and mobilizing youth;
  • Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level

Selection Criteria

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.
  • Integration: The project/programme addresses the three dimensions of sustainable development (society, economy, environment) in an integrated way.
  • Innovation: The project/programme demonstrates an innovative approach to ESD.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nominations can be submitted to the Director-General of UNESCO by Governments of Member States via their Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, and by Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in official partnership with UNESCO.
  • Each Permanent Delegation or NGO can make up to three nominations for any edition of the Prize
  • Nominations must be submitted in English or French and need to focus on a specific ESD project or programme of the candidate.
  • Nominations will be assessed by an independent jury of five international experts on the basis of their potential for transformation, integration and innovation.
  • Projects must already be running for at least two years, 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 GAP.
  • Self-nominations are not accepted.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit UNESCO 2016 Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development.



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