Nominate Now: UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development

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Deadline: April 30, 2019

The 2019 call for nominations is now open.

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

The Prize annually rewards three outstanding ESD projects and programmes. Governments of all Member States as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in official partnership with UNESCO are now invited to nominate up to three individuals, institutions or organizations engaged in ESD for the 2019 edition.

Nominations must be written in English or French and need to focus on a specific ESD project or programme of the nominee. They will be assessed by an independent jury of five international experts on the basis of their potential for transformation, integration and innovation. Projects must have been running for at least four years, already 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 Global Action Programme on ESD (GAP) as well as to the Sustainable Development Goals. Self-nominations are not accepted. Interested candidates are advised to contact the National Commission for UNESCO in their country, or an NGO in official partnership with UNESCO.


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.


Nominees could be 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;

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.

2019 Selection Process

29 January: Launch of call for nominations
30 April: Last date to submit online nominations
11/12 July: International Jury Meeting
End of September: Announcement of the Prize-winners
November: Award ceremony in Paris, France

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