UNESCO Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development

Deadline: 31 May 2015
Open to: individuals, institutions, organizations or other entities engaged in Education for Sustainable Developement activities
Prize: three annual awards of USD 50,000


Within the framework of the Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), the UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development honors outstanding efforts of individuals, institutions, organizations or other entities engaged in ESD activities. ESD empowers learners to take informed decisions and responsible actions for environmental integrity, economic viability and a society, for present and future generations, while respecting cultural diversity. It is about lifelong learning, and is an integral part of quality education. ESD is holistic and transformational education which addresses learning content and outcomes, pedagogy and the learning environment. It achieves its purpose by transforming society. The Global Action Programme on ESD followed-up by the United Nations Decade on ESD, intends to generate and scale-up action in all levels and areas of education and learning to accelerate progress towards sustainable development.


Individuals, institutions, organizations or other entities engaged in ESD. Nominations must focus on a specific project or programme of the nominee. Each government or non-governmental organization can submit up to three nominations.

Selection criteria:

  • Transformation– The project/programme practices ESD as transformative education in support of sustainable development;
  • Integration– The project/programme addresses the three dimensions of sustainable development (society, economy, environment) in an integrated way;
  • Innovation– The project/programme demonstrates an innovative approach to ESD.


Funded by the Government of Japan, the Prize consists three annual awards of USD 50,000 for each recipient.

How to apply?

  • Complete the ESD Prize Nomination Form in English or French. You can attach relevant supporting materials (e.g. publications) to the Nomination Form. Supporting materials should be less than twenty pages in total;
  • The Nomination Form must be accompanied with a written recommendation by the nominating party. A self-nomination cannot be considered. Only Governments of Member States and nongovernmental organizations in official partnership with UNESCO can make nominations;
  • Submit the Nomination Form and any supporting materials to UNESCO via email to esd@unesco.org. The documents must be received by UNESCO no later than 31 May 2015. Nominations can only be accepted from the official email accounts of Permanent Delegations to UNESCO or non-governmental organizations in official partnership with UNESCO;
  • Supporting documents, if not attached to the nomination email, should be duplicated five times and sent by post to the following address:

Section of Education
for Sustainable Development
Education Sector
7 Place de Fontenoy
75352 Paris 07 SP
Tel: +33 (0)1 45 68 15 72

For more information please visit the official website.

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