UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD
The prize, which is funded by the Government of Japan, consists of three annual awards of USD 50,000 for each recipient. It was awarded for the first time by the DIrector-General of UNESCO in November 2015 .
The laureates of the second edition were announced on 15 September 2016. They are: the Centre for Community Regeneration and Development (CCREAD-Cameroon) from Cameroon, the Okayama ESD Promotion Commission from Japan, and the National Union of Students UK (NUS-UK) from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. They were chosen by an international jury from a total of 120 nominations, submitted by 64 UNESCO Member States and 10 NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO. The Director-General will award the Prize to the three laureates in a ceremony to be held at UNESCO-Headquarters in Paris on 11 October 2016, during the 200th session of the UNESCO Executive Board.
The Prize and award winners recognize the role of education in connecting the social, economic, cultural and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. The Global Action Programme on ESD (GAP) calls for scaling up of ESD action at all levels as a means of implementing all the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Prize was established by the Executive Board of UNESCO at its 195th session within the framework of the GAP on Education for Sustainable Development and officially announced at the UNESCO World Conference on ESD (10-12 November 2014, Aichi-Nagoya, Japan).
2016 Selection Process
- 27 January 2016: Launch of Call for Nominations
- 30 April 2016: Last date to submit Online Nominations
- 29/30 June 2016: International Jury Meeting
- 15 September 2016: Announcement of the Prize Winners
- 11 October 2016: Award Ceremony in Paris, France
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