UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education: Call for Proposals


With a world population of 7 billion people and limited natural resources, we, as individuals and societies need to learn to live together sustainably. We need to take action responsibly based on the understanding that what we do today can have implications on the lives of people and the planet in future. Education for Sustainable Development empowers people to change the way they think and work towards a sustainable future. The UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development, funded by the Government of Japan, awards three recipients who recognize the role of education in connecting the social, economic, cultural and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.

Call for Applicants

Institutions and organizations with a specific Education for Sustainable Development project/programme are eligible for this prize. Nominations can be submitted by Governments of Member States via their Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, and by Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in official partnership with UNESCO. The call for nominations is open until 30 April 2021. The project/programme of the nominee are assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Transformative education in support of sustainable development
  • Addresses the dimensions of sustainable development in an integrated way
  • Demonstrates an innovative approach to Education for Sustainable Development

Steps to Participate

The project or programme should be ongoing and have been running for at least four years. It should show a presence of evidence of results and have a high impact. It should also be replicable, scalable, and contribute to one or more of the priority areas of the Education for Sustainable Development for 2030. There are three prizes of US $50,000 to be won for the top recipients.

Important Notes

Direct applications to UNESCO are not accepted. All candidates have to be nominated by:

  • The government of a UNESCO Member State, via their Permanent Delegation to UNESCO


  • An NGO or Foundation in official partnership with UNESCO

More information can be found on the UNESCO website.