—Deadline: 2nd May, 2017—

Nominations are open for the third edition of the UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). UNESCO is now inviting the Governments of all Member States as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in official partnership with UNESCO to nominate up to three individuals, institutions or organizations engaged in ESD for the 2017 edition of the Prize.

Prize Information: Endowed with a total of USD 150,000 to be divided between three recipients, the Prize aims to honour and showcase outstanding ESD projects and programmes worldwide.

Priority Areas

  • Advancing policy: Mainstream ESD into both education and sustainable development policies, to create an enabling environment for ESD and to bring about systemic change
  • Transforming learning and training environments: Integrate sustainability principles into education and training settings
  • Building capacities of educators and trainers: Increase the capacities of educators and trainers to more effectively deliver ESD
  • Empowering and mobilizing youth: Multiply ESD actions among youth
  • Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level: At community level, scale up ESD programmes and multi-stakeholder ESD networks

Selection 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.
    • 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.
  • Integration: The project/programme addresses the three dimensions of sustainable development (society, economy, and 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.
  • 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:

  • be onging and have been running for at least four 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.

Eligibility 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, meeting the 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. Self-nominations are not accepted.

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