UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Nominations are now open for the UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), which honours outstanding projects by individuals, institutions and organisations related to ESD. While the final deadline is 2 May, New Zealand nominations need to be submitted through the NZ National Commission. To express interest in being nominated please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. prior to 10 April.

The UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development was launched at the World Conference on ESD in Japan in 2014. It aims to support efforts to carry out the Global Action Programme on ESD, by honouring outstanding projects in the field. The Prize was awarded for the first time in 2015. Applicants should be involved in ESD and be able to demonstrate how their project: practices ESD as transformative education in support of sustainable development, leading to individual and social change; addresses the three dimensions of sustainable development (society, economy, environment) in an integrated way; and demonstrates an innovative approach to ESD.

In addition to these three criteria, the project/programme should:

• Have already been running for at least two years
• Show presence of evidence of results and a high impact relative to the invested resources
• Be replicable and scalable
• Contribute to one or more of the five Priority Action Areas of the GAP (advancing policy; transforming learning and training environments; building capacities of educators and trainers; empowering and mobilizing youth; accelerating sustainable solutions at local level).

The prize, which is funded by the Government of Japan, consists of three annual awards of USD 50,000 for each recipient.

Further information on the UNESCO-Japan Prize can be found at: https://en.unesco.org/prize-esd