(US$ 50,000 prize) UNESCO-Japan Prize for outstanding projects in Education for Sustainable Development, 2019


The call for nominations for the fifth edition of the UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is now open. The Prize annually rewards three outstanding projects and programmes promoting ESD with USD 50,000 each.

The UNESCO-Japan Prize was established in 2014 in the framework of the GAP, and is generously funded by the Government of Japan. This year’s winners will be announced by the Director-General of UNESCO in September. In addition to receiving the monetary award at an official ceremony in Paris, all winners will be invited to join the Partner Networks of the Global Action Programme on 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. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Method of Application:

  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 at this link(for nominating entities only – the fields of the nomination form can be viewed here).
  • Nominations must be completed online by the Permanent Delegation to UNESCOof the concerned Member State, or by an NGO in official partnership with UNESCO, through their official account.
  • It is possible for National Commissions to UNESCOto 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] (link sends e-mail). 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 2019(UTC+1, Paris time).
  • Kindly note that each Permanent Delegation or NGO may not submit more than three nominations.

The deadline for submission is 30 April 2019 (midnight, Paris time). Nominations must be submitted at this link, only accessible to UNESCO Member States and NGOs in official partnership. User guides for the online nomination platform as well as replies to Frequently Asked Questions can be found on the Prize website.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the UNESCO-Japan Prize 2019

Scholarship Application Deadline: April 30th 2019



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