Call for submissions opens: 1 December 2011
The Rafik Hariri UN-Habitat Memorial Award Steering Committee assembled 25 and 26 October in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to launch the second cycle of the Award. The Award's Steering Committee confirmed a successful completion of the first cycle and called for continued and active engagement of all stakeholders this coming cycle, in the pursuit of a fitting winner 2012.
The Rafik Hariri Award is a joint initiative of the Rafik Hariri Foundation and UN-Habitat that seeks to reward individuals and organizations continuing in the spirit of the late Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. In 2004, Mr. Hariri was awarded the Habitat Award Scroll of Honour, the highest possible award in the UN system in human settlements development, for his creativity, visionary leadership and statesmanship in the reconstruction of Lebanon and the City of Beirut.
Under the theme "Leadership, statesmanship and good governance", the inaugural award was presented at the Opening Ceremony at the 5th session of the World Urban Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in March 2010. The Award Lecture series was launched in conjunction with the Award dinner by a former news anchor from CNN with direct exposure to the works of the late Rafik Hariri.
The award is given to individuals or organizations/institutions anywhere in the world for significant accomplishments in the areas of: Leadership, statesmanship, and good governance; Construction and reconstruction of settlements and communities; Human resources development and benevolent activities in fighting urban poverty and the implementation of the Habitat Agenda.
The Award is presented biennially and the prize consists of: a cash award of USD 200,000 (which can be split between two winners), a trophy and a certificate.
The second Rafik Hariri UN-Habitat Memorial Award Conference, including the Award Ceremony and Dinner, will take place in September 2012 in conjunction with the UN General Assembly in New York, USA. An award seminar will also be organized during the 6th session of the World Urban Forum in Naples, Italy, in September 2012.
Submissions must be made using the prescribed forms in the 2012 Submission Guide
Deadline for receipt of submissions: 30 April 2012