The 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 the human settlements and the quality of urban life.
The award, a plaque engraved with the name of the winner and their achievement will be presented to the winners during the Global Observance of World Habitat Day on 3 October 2011.
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 Habitat Scroll of Honour 2011 is 31 July 2011.
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
The Selection process
The selection process will consist of three steps:
- The World Habitat Day Coordinator will make an initial assessment of the nominations and submissions and verify that they conform to the standards outlined in the submission guidelines. Qualifying submissions will be sent to the jury.
- A jury of experts on human settlements and urban development and the World Habitat Day theme for 2011, Cities and Climate Change, will be constituted to select a maximum of five winning initiatives. The jury will make their recommendations to the Executive Director outlining their reasons for the selection.
- UN-HABITAT's Executive Director, based on the recommendations of the independent jury, will make the final selection of the Scroll of Honour winners.
Areas of achievement
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 Cities and Climate Change and especially those pertaining to clean energy, improved urban mobility, better management of industrial production and waste, and application of green building technologies and standards.
|DISASTER MANAGEMENT AND MITIGATION
||ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND FINANCE|
Response to man-made disasters
Response to natural disasters
Response to post-conflict situations
Regional economic development
||INFORMATION AND MONITORING|
Planning and policy development
Millennium Development Goals
Remote sensing and Graphical Information Systems
Urban statistics and indicators
||LAND AND HOUSING|
Building materials and technology
Children and youth
Health and HIV/AIDS
Migrants, refugees and Internally displaced
Persons with disabilities
Regional development and planning
Training and capacity building
|11 April 2011
||Call for nominations and submissions, and announcement of World Habitat Day theme|
|31 July 2011
||Deadline for submissions|
||Selection of winners|
||Winners notified and announced|
|3 October 2011
||Winners awarded at the Global Observance of World Habitat Day |
Terms and conditions
The following terms and conditions will apply to these awards:
- The prize for the winning entry will be awarded to the person or organization named in the submission form, who may not necessarily be the holder of the copyright.
- All entries will be available for international exhibition, demonstration, publication and media coverage and UN-HABITAT will not be required to seek further permission from the copyright holders for any such use.
- Where the submission of a project is made by someone other than the holder of the copyright, a written warranty is required indicating that the holder of the copyright agrees (a) to the submission, and (b) to the terms indicated in points 1 and 2 above.
Supporting material such as press clippings, videotapes and photographs will not be returned.