UN-Habitat, the United Nations agency has launched prestigious Scroll of Honour award to recognize 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.
The theme for this year’s World Habitat Day is Accelerating urban action for a carbon-free world. Cities are responsible for some 70 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions with transport, buildings, energy, and waste management accounting for the bulk of urban greenhouse gas emissions.
The future of our planet depends on national, regional and local governments and organizations, communities, academic institutions, the private sector and all relevant stakeholders working together to create sustainable, carbon-neutral, inclusive cities and towns.
World Habitat Day will amplify the global Race to Zero Campaign and UN-Habitat’s ClimateAction4Cities and encourage local governments to develop actionable zero-carbon plans in the run up to the international climate change summit COP26 in November.
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 intergovernmental 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
In selecting the award winners, the Selection Committee will look at best practices, initiatives and innovative solutions related to Sustainable Development Goal 11 and the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, attention will be given to achievements in reducing urban greenhouse gas emissions, related to the World Habitat Day theme Accelerating urban action for a carbon free world.
Those eligible to be nominated include national, regional and local governments, inter-governmental organizations or agencies, civil society, the private sector, academic institutions, foundations, multilateral agencies, media and individuals.
Nominations must be made by third parties on the online submission form in English. The Guidelines for submitting nominations are here. The closing date is 8 August 2021. Up to five winners will be selected and presented with their awards at the Global Observance of World Habitat Day on Monday 4 October 2021. The UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour nominees will be notified by 31 August 2021 on the outcome of the selection.
UN-Habitat (United Nations Human Settlements Programme)
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.