UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Awards

The UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour award was launched by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme in 1989. It is currently the most prestigious human settlements award in the world. Its aim is to acknowledge initiatives which have made outstanding contributions in various fields such as shelter provision, highlighting the plight of the homeless, leadership in post conflict reconstruction and developing and improving human settlements and the quality of urban life.

The award, a plaque engraved with the name of the winner and their achievement, is presented to the winners during the World Urban Forum.

In previous years, we have received submissions describing an array of impressive initiatives to improve shelter and urban services. The deadline for submitting entries to the 2013 UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour is 16 September 2013.


Who can apply
 
 
Individuals, organizations, projects and any Habitat Agenda partner can be nominated for the Habitat Scroll of Honour. These include:
  • Government and inter-governmental organizations or agencies, including bilateral aid agencies
  • Cities, local authorities 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

Urban achievements
 
 
In selecting the winners for the award, the jury will be looking for achievements in the key areas outlined in the table below. The achievements will be considered within the overall context of sustainable human settlements and urban development.
This year, the jury will give particular attention to achievements related to this year’s theme of Urban Mobility, and those pertaining to:
  • Urban Legislation, Land and Governance
  • Urban Planning and Design
  • Urban Economy and Youth and Job Creation
  • Urban Basic Services
  • Housing and Slum Upgrading
  • Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation
  • Urban Research and Capacity Development

How to apply
 
Guide to submitting your nominations for the 2013 award Candidates for this year’s UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Award should submit details of their achievements by 16 September 2013. Submissions should not exceed 10 pages but there is no limitation on supporting material that can be attached as annexes. All submissions should have the following format:

1. Background
Substantive information about the organization or individual being nominated, including their mission, goals, history, size, length of experience in the field of human settlements.

2. Description of the initiative or project
Situation or problem addressed, objectives, target beneficiaries, investment in the project in terms of human, material and financial resources, activities undertaken, duration of the project, achievements and outputs (provide photographs/evidence of outputs), lessons learnt, best practices from the project.

3. Main partners
List partners and their roles and levels of participation in the planning, design, implementation and funding of the project.

4. Impact
Estimated number of beneficiaries, types of beneficiaries (e.g. women, children, the poor, war victims), impact on beneficiaries’ living conditions (e.g. social, economic, environmental, health, education, employment, security of tenure, crime reduction, community involvement in decisions/ governance, etc.).  Provide quantitative and qualitative values.

5. Sustainable urban development
Describe how the initiative has created lasting change (e.g. by enacting new legislation or policy, by promoting capacity building and community empowerment, by strengthening the institutional framework, by enforcing efficiency, accountability and transparency etc,). Indicate how long the positive impact has been sustained so far. If there is ongoing investment to maintain the positive results, give details of how this is secured, and its commercial and social sustainability.

6. Transferability and upscaling
Indicate whether this is a replicable best practice and show where it has been replicated and how this was done.

7. Innovation
Describe the main innovations aspects of the initiative.

8. Recognition of the initiative
Provide a list of references, articles, publications, media reports about the initiative starting with the most recent ones and where possible, send copies of the actual articles as an annex.

Please note that the Nomination Form is a prerequisite, and should also be submitted for a submission to be considered.
  

Contact Us
 
 
The UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Secretariat,
Advocacy, Outreach and Communications,
UN-Habitat
P.O. Box 30030 - 00100
Block 4, 3rd Floor South, New Office Facility
UNON Gigiri Complex
UN Avenue, off Limuru Road
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: (+254 20) 762 5311
Fax: (+254 20) 762 3477
Email: advocacy@unhabitat.org

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