UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Award 2021

Nominations for the 2021 UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Awards are now open! Apply now!

UN-Habitat (United Nations Human Settlements Programme)  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.

The UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour award was launched in 1989 and is one of the most prestigious human settlements award in the world. It aims to acknowledge initiatives that 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.

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SELECTION PROCESS: After the closing date of 8 August-

  • 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 nominees will be notified by 31 August 2021 on the outcome of the selection.
  • The winners will receive their awards during the global celebration of the World Habitat Day observance on 4 October 2021.

The UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour nominees will be notified by 31 August 2021 on the outcome of the selection.


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.


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
  • 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

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.

Eligible Regions: Open for all.

Application Process

  • Nominations must be made by third parties on the online submission form in English.
  • The Guidelines for submitting nominations are provided on the official website.
  • To submit the online submission form please click on Apply Now.

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Application Deadline: August 8, 2021

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