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Call for nominations for the 2024 UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Award is open!

The UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Award was launched in 1989 and is one of the most prestigious human settlements awards in the world. The award recognizes individuals and institutions that have made outstanding contributions to urban development, including improving the quality of urban life for all and provision of adequate, affordable, and accessible housing. For over 30 years, the award has recognized 192 initiatives from individuals or entities worldwide. Previous winners include Fukuoka city in Japan, French firm Veolia Environment, Rwanda’s capital city Kigali, Habitat for Humanity International, the URBAN Intergroup at the European Parliament, and Australian non-profit Wintringham Specialist Aged Care.

World Habitat Day 2024 will focus on how the world can engage the new generation in planning their urban present and future through participatory processes and local leadership opportunities. Through the 2024 World Habitat Day theme, UN-Habitat aims to foster the discussion on local actions to accelerate implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, the 2030 Agenda, and the national climate targets under the Paris Agreement.

Individuals and organizations working on sustainable urban projects that have had a great impact on society can be nominated for the UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour. Nominations must come from a third party. A government may nominate a programme of a ministry or an institute. An institute may nominate another institute or entity such as an NGO or an individual. The head of a university may nominate a professor from a different university or an institute. A government may nominate a city or an individual. A city may nominate a government representative, programme, project, university, or NGO. An individual may nominate an institution or programme as long as the individual is not employed nor affiliated in any way by the institution or project.

In selecting the winners for the award, the Selection Committee will look at best practice initiatives and achievements related to SDG 11, which consists of 10 targets and 15 related indicators. In addition, particular attention will be given to achievements related to the World Habitat Day theme of “Engaging youth to create a better urban future”. The world is rapidly urbanizing, and many urban residents are nowadays young people, especially in some countries of Africa and Asia.

The winners will be presented with the award at the Global Observance of World Habitat Day on Monday, 7 October 2024. The prize for the winning entry will be awarded to the person or organization named in the submission form but can also be received on their behalf by an officially appointed representative.


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  • The winners will receive the UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Award – a plaque engraved with the winner’s name – at the global celebration of World Habitat Day in Querétaro City, Mexico, on 7 October 2024.


  • Government and intergovernmental organizations or agencies, including bilateral aid agencies ƒ
  • Local and regional governments or their associations ƒ
  • Civil society organizations ƒ
  • The private sector ƒ
  • National habitat committees or focal points ƒ
  • Research and academic institutions ƒ
  • Public or private foundations ƒ
  • Multilateral agencies (United Nations agencies, World Bank, etc.) ƒ
  • Media ƒ
  • Individuals
Eligible Regions: Open for All.

Application Process

  • Visit the Apply link by clicking on the “APPLY NOW” button.
  • Complete the form to submit nomination.

NOTE: it is not possible to nominate yourself, your own organization, programme, institute, or project. A ministry cannot nominate its own projects or programmes.

Application Deadline: July 15, 2024 (1 Day Remaining)

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