International prize on education for sustainable development: Open for nominations

published 1 February 2018 updated 2 February 2018

Education International is encouraging affiliates to enter nominations for the 2018 UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development.

Education International (EI) strongly believes that education for sustainable development (ESD) empowers learners to take informed decisions and responsible actions for environmental integrity, economic viability and a just society. These actions are taken for the good of present and future generations, while respecting cultural diversity. It is about lifelong learning and is an integral part of quality education.


Within the framework of the Global Action Programme on ESD, the UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) honours individuals, institutions, organisations, or other entities for outstanding projects or programmes in the field of ESD.

Nominations must be submitted by midnight of 3 May 2018 (UTC+1, Paris time). They can be made by Governments of UNESCO Member States via their Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, and by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in official partnership with UNESCO. Nominations must focus on a specific ESD project or programme of the nominee.


Programmes will be assessed by the jury based on the following criteria:

·         Transformation: practices ESD as transformative education in support of sustainable development, leading to individual and social change

·         Integration: addresses the three dimensions of sustainable development (society, economy, environment) in an integrated way

·         Innovation: demonstrates an innovative approach to ESD

The three winners will be selected by the Director-General of UNESCO based on recommendations made by the independent International Jury of the UNESCO-Japan Prize, consisting of five experts from all geographical regions.

For more information and any questions regarding the UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD or the submission process, please contact the Secretariat of the Prize at the Section of Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship at UNESCO: esdprize@unesco.org

Affiliates wishing to enter nominations, or to be nominated for the Prize, should contact EI: dennis.sinyolo@ei-ie.org


The Prize was established by the Executive Board of UNESCO at its 195th session, and officially announced at the UNESCO World Conference on ESD in November 2014, in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan. It consists of three annual awards of US$50,000 for each recipient and was awarded for the first time in November 2015.