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UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development

The UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) honours outstanding projects by individuals, institutions and organizations related to ESD.


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The UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD, 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 Prize and award winners recognize the role of education in connecting the social, economic, cultural and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. It was established by the Executive Board of UNESCO at its 195th session within the framework of the Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD and officially announced at the UNESCO World Conference on ESD (10-12 November 2014, Aichi-Nagoya, Japan). The GAP calls for scaling up of ESD action at all levels as a means of implementing all 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Following the Executive Board's decision 207 EX/10.III.B in October 2019, from 2020 on the Prize will be awarded biennially. The next edition of the Prize will take place in 2021.

2021 Selection Process (tentative)

  • September/October 2020 (tbc): Launch of call for nominations
  • January 2021 (tbc): Deadline to submit online nominations
  • April/May 2021 (tbc): International Jury Meeting
  • September/October 2021: Announcement of the Prize-winners
  • October/November 2021: Award ceremony in Paris, France


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