Nominations Open for the UN-Habitat Scroll of Honor Awards

Nominations are now open for the UN-Habitat Scroll of Honor Awards to promote transformative change in cities and human settlements through knowledge, policy advice, technical assistance, and collaborative action.

The award, launched in 1989, recognizes individuals and institutions which have made outstanding contributions to urban development including improving the quality of urban life for all and the provision of adequate, affordable and accessible housing. 

UN-Habitat works in over 90 countries supporting people in cities and human settlements for a better urban future. A significant part of its work relates to responding to natural and man-made crises and on building back in a greener, safer and in a more resilient and inclusive way.  Working with governments and local partners, its high impact projects combine world-class expertise and local knowledge to deliver timely and targeted solutions. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development includes a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on cities, SDG 11, to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Terms and Conditions

  • The prize for the winning entry will be awarded to the person or organization named in the submission form but can also be received on their/its behalf by an officially appointed representative.
    • All entries will be available for international exhibition, demonstration, publication and media coverage and UN-Habitat will not be required to seek further permission for any such use.
    • Where the submission of a project is made by someone other than the overall organizer/holder of the copyright, it is assumed that they have given permission for the submission and the terms indicated.
  • Supporting material as part of the online submission such as media articles (URL) videos (URL) and photographs (JPEG) are highly welcome.
  • Please note that all details with attachments in line with the guidelines for nominations are to be submitted online in English.
  • Submissions in another language than English will be disqualified.
  • Any submission which does not meet the criteria, is incomplete, or received after the deadline of 8 August 2021 will not be considered.

Eligibility Criteria

Individuals and organizations working on sustainable urban projects which have had great impact in society can be nominated for the UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour. These include:

  • Government and inter-governmental organizations or agencies, including bilateral aid agencies
  • Local and Regional Governments or their associations
  • Civil society organizations
  • The private sector
  • National Habitat Committees or focal points
  • Research and academic institutions
  • Public or private foundations
  • Multilateral agencies (United Nations Agencies, World Bank, etc.)
  • The media
  • Individuals

Nominations must come from a third party. Examples include: A government can nominate a programme of a ministry, or an institute. An institute can nominate another different institute or different entity like an NGO, or an individual. The head of a university can nominate a professor from a different university, or an institute. A government can nominate a city or an individual. A city can nominate a government representative, programme, project, university, NGO. An individual can nominate an institution or programme as long as the individual is not employed by the institution or project, neither is affiliated in any way to the institution or the project.

For more information, visit UN Habitat.

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