Nominations are now open for the 2023 UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Award to acknowledge initiatives which have made outstanding contributions in the field of human settlements, provision of housing, highlighting the plight of people living in poverty or who have been displaced, developing and improving human settlements and the quality of urban life to leave no one behind echoing the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 with emphasis on Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.
The UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Award was launched in 1989 and is one of the most prestigious human settlements award in the world.
The winners will receive their awards at the global observance of World Habitat Day on Monday 2 October 2023.
Areas of Achievement
- In selecting the winners for the award, the Selection Committee will look out for best practices initiatives and achievements related to Sustainable Development Goal 11, which consists of 10 targets and 15 related indicators. In addition, attention will be given to initiatives and practices that help cities and local governments reduce inequalities and contribute to the achievement of the sustainable goals, related to the World Habitat Day theme Resilient urban economies: cities as drivers of growth and recovery.
- Through the theme they will look at how cities can position their economies to benefit residents. Given the size of the contribution of cities to the national economy, the future of many countries will be determined by the productivity of its urban areas. Cities also play a major role in the economic recovery after crises, weather it is COVID-19 or conflicts.
- They have only seven years left for the achievement of the commitments set by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and 14 years to implement the New Urban Agenda, a global framework to transform cities adopted in Quito at Habitat III in 2016.
- Through the World Habitat Day theme UN-Habitat aims to foster the discussion on local actions to accelerate implementation of the Sustainable Development goals, the Global Agenda 2030 and the national climate targets under the Paris Agreement.
- 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
- Architectural bureaus, design companies.
- Individual architects or designers
- Real estate developers or construction businesses
- National Habitat Committees or focal points
- Research and academic institutions
- Public or private foundations
- Multilateral agencies (United Nations Agencies, World Bank, etc.)
- The media
- 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.
- UN-Habitat will make an initial assessment of the nominations and submissions and verify that the submission conforms to the standards outlined in the guidelines. Qualifying submissions will be sent to the Selection Committee comprising UN-Habitat experts and senior management.
- The Selection Committee will choose their winning candidates and make their recommendations to the Executive Director outlining their reasons for the selection of a maximum of five winning initiatives.
- UN-Habitat’s Executive Director, based on the recommendations of the Selection Committee, will make the final selection of the UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour winners.
- The UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Award nominees will be notified from 11 July 2023 onwards on the outcome.
- The winners will receive their award during the global celebration of the World Habitat Day observance on 2 October 2023.
For more information, visit UN-Habitat.