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UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD

The UNESCO-Japan Prize for Education for Sustainable Development honours outstanding projects by individuals, institutions and organizations related to 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 a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 5 November 2015 .

The three laureates of 2015 are: Asociación SERES from Guatemala/El Salvador; the Centre for Development of Early Childhood, Non-Formal and Informal Education from Indonesia; and rootAbility from Germany. They were selected for outstanding projects inspiring and empowering youth to take action to create more sustainable lifestyles through individual and collective activities and commitment.

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  (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).

The 2016 call for nominations will be launched in January. Please check this website for updated information.

  • January 2016: Launch of Call for Nominations
  • 30 April 2016: Last date to submit Nomination Forms
  • June/July 2016: International Jury Meeting
  • September 2016: Announcement of the Prize Winners
  • October 2016: Award Ceremony