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Dear Sir/Madam,
Please find attached a letter by the Assistant Director-General for External Relations and Public Information of UNESCO, inviting all Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Foundations maintaining official relations with UNESCO to submit nominations for the 2017 UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).
Generously funded by the Government of Japan, the UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD consists of three annual awards of USD 50,000 for each recipient. It was established by the UNESCO Executive Board at its 195th session, and awarded for the first time in 2015.
The 2017 nomination process takes place online via a platform accessible through the UNESCO website: http://unesco.org/esd
In order to request the creation of an account for the online platform, please register here: http://www.unesco.org/esdprize/register
Should you have already submitted an online nomination for the 2016 edition of the Prize, your user name and password remain valid.
A user guide for the use of the online platform can be downloaded here.
The Prize Statutes (Annex II of the letter) can be accessed here.
All nominations should be submitted to UNESCO via the online form in English or French by 2 May 2017 at the very latest (midnight, Paris time).
Further information on the UNESCO-Japan Prize and the nomination process can be found at: https://en.unesco.org/esd-prize

 

The 2017 UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) was just anbnounced inviting the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Foundations maintaining official relations with UNESCO to submit nominations. The Prize is funded by the Government of Japan and consists of 3 awards of 50,000USD for each recipient!

The 2017 nomination process takes place online via a platform at: http://unesco.org/esd

A user guide for the use of the online platform can be downloaded here.

The Prize Statutes (Annex II of the letter) can be accessed here.


DEADLINE: All nominations should be submitted to UNESCO via the online form in English or French by 2 May 2017 (midnight, Paris time).


Further information on the UNESCO-Japan Prize and the nomination process can be found at: https://en.unesco.org/esd-prize

or contact Ms Miriam Tereick, Section of ESD and Global Citizenship, Tel: 0033 1 45681668, e-mail: esdprize@unesco.org.

 

Good luck!

 

 
 
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All waterways flow into the sea
Along with all the plastic waste they contain.
Rivers and streams not only bring water to the seas but also plastic waste. This pollution comes in the form of both macroplastics – such as torn plastic bags, sharp-edged yoghurt pots or tangled plastic string – and microplastics – that is, microparticles which are generally too small to see or touch. This plastic waste presents a risk to animals in the ocean and it enters the food chain.
Researchers can make use of increasing amounts of data on plastic litter in the world's oceans. But there are still many waterways in Germany where there is inadequate or no data about plastic waste. The “Plastic Pirates” citizen science campaign will help to fill in the gaps. Young people between 10 and 16 from Germany and Britain can take part in the campaign and have the chance to win a prize.
Data will be collected and photos taken between 16 September and 18 November 2016 to be considered for the campaign.
More information about the cam https://www.wissenschaftsjahr.de/2016-17/weiterfuehrende-informationen/englisch/plastic-pirates.htmlpaign
https://www.wissenschaftsjahr.de/2016-17/weiterfuehrende-informationen/englisch/plastic-pirates.html

All waterways flow into the sea.

Along with all the plastic waste they contain.

Rivers and streams not only bring water to the seas but also plastic waste. This pollution comes in the form of both macroplastics – such as torn plastic bags, sharp-edged yoghurt pots or tangled plastic string – and microplastics – that is, microparticles which are generally too small to see or touch. This plastic waste presents a risk to animals in the ocean and it enters the food chain.

Researchers can make use of increasing amounts of data on plastic litter in the world's oceans. But there are still many waterways in Germany where there is inadequate or no data about plastic waste. The “Plastic Pirates” citizen science campaign will help to fill in the gaps. Young people between 10 and 16 from Germany and Britain can take part in the campaign and have the chance to win a prize.

Data will be collected and photos taken between 16 September and 18 November 2016 to be considered for the campaign.

Read more information about the campaign here

 

 

 
 
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UNESCO is calling for candidatures for the 2016 edition of the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Education Prize. Since 2005, the Prize has recognized innovations in teaching and learning that leverage technology to improve educational outcomes.

The Prize aims to contribute to equity in education, a key pillar of the Education 2030 agenda, and the guiding principle ofSustainable Development Goal 4. The new agenda recognizes how ICT can be harnessed to assist historically underserved groups and assure inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all by 2030. 

The theme for the 2016 Edition of UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education is the use of ICTs in education for disadvantaged groups.

The Prize will reward organizations and individuals for innovative practices to leverageICTs to expand access to education for groups including refugees; internally displaced persons; socioeconomically disadvantaged learners; people with disabilities; cultural, ethnic and religious minorities; and vulnerable women and girls. 

Two prize-winners will be selected by the Director-General of UNESCO on the basis of recommendations made by an international jury of five independent and recognized experts in the area of ICT in Education from each region. The prize will be awarded on 21 February 2017 at a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris where the winners will receive 25,000 USD each and a certificate of recognition signed by the Director-General and the Chairperson of the International Jury of independent experts. 

National Commissions of the Member States of UNESCO and International Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) maintaining official relations with UNESCO are invited to solicit, nominate and submit candidatures for the Prize. Self-nominations without an endorsement letter from a National Commission or an International Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in official partnership with UNESCO cannot be considered.

The online submission form for eligible applicants is available at 
https://teamsnet.unesco.org/Pages/register.aspx and for nominators (Governments and NGOs in official relations with UNESCO that already have an account) at
https://teams.unesco.org/sites/committees/ict-ed-prize/SitePages/Home.aspx


The deadline for submission is 30 September 2016.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact us: 

Secretariat for the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize 
for the Use of ICTs in Education 
Unit for ICT in Education
Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems
Education Sector
UNESCO
7 place Fontenoy
Paris 07 SP 75352
France
ictprize(at)unesco.org

 
 
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Are you an active and enthusiastic person aged between 15 and 25, fluent in English and residing in the EU or in one of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova or Ukraine?

Are you interested in EU affairs and would like to engage in dialogue-driven activities and events in the EaP countries and the EU?

If so, the EU OPEN Neighbourhood Programme (EU Neighbours East project) invites you to participate in the ‘Young European Ambassadors' (YEAs) initiative that will take place in the six EaP countries from September 2016 onward. The YEA network will connect at least 100 young people from all over Europe.

Application Deadline: 15 September

Reas more: http://www.euneighbours.eu/maineast.php?id_type=1&id=46236&lang_id=450&utm_source=Euneighbourhoodinfo&utm_medium=Email%20Marketing&utm_content=Subscriber%233168&utm_campaign=Apply%20now%3A%20Become%20a%20Young%20European%20Ambassador%20in%20the%20Eastern%20Partnership%20region

 
 
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Young people can tell the world how they are shaping a more sustainable future! Now they are given the chance to win a trip to the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco (COP22) on 7 - 18 November 2016 by entering the second annual Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change. Eligible ages to participate are between 18 and 30 years old.

Candidates need to think about a project or campaign they are involved in to combat climate change, an action which convinced  parents, school or college to take climate action, a lobbying of   members of parliament or  city leaders. Whatever is making a difference, they should turn it into a snappy concise 3 min video to join the competition!

Some key questions to answer are:

• Why did you choose to engage in this climate action?
• What were some of the key things that took place?
• What were some of the successes?
• Where did these successes occur (locally, nationally or internationally)?
• How can youth from similar countries replicate the activities that have been implemented?

The deadline for entries to the competition is 19 August 2016!
Visit http://www.tvebiomovies.org/ to submit your canditature
Good luck!

 

 

 
 
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The ESD promotion Division of Okayama City japan is pleased to announce that the ESD
Okayma Award 2016 is open for entry. The ESD Okayama Award was established in 2015.
The Award resards outstanding ESD practices in local communities around the world in order to showcase ESD and to suppoert organisations in carrying out ESD activities.
The deadline for applications submission is 29 July 2016 at 17.00 (Japan time)
In 2015 two projects won the "Global Award" out of 50 applications from various countries, and two projects won the "Okayama Regional Award" from 30 applications.
For more details, information and the 2016 application guidelines please see the official website
The ESD promotion Division of Okayama City Japan is pleased to announce that the ESD  Okayma Award 2016 is open for entry.
The ESD Okayama Award was established in 2015, in order to showcase good practices worldwide, to further advance ESD and to support organisations in carrying out ESD activities.

The prize is 3,000 USD.
The deadline for applications submission is 29 July 2016 at 17.00 (Japanese Standard time).

In 2015 two projects won the "Global Award" out of 50 applications from various countries, and two projects won the "Okayama Regional Award" from 30 applications.
For more details, information and the 2016 application guidelines please see the official website

 

 
 
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Teachers' Award for Educational Promotion in Border - Remote Areas  of Greece / For Primary level education

Award of the Greek National Commission of UNESCO
The Greek National Commission of UNESCO, wishing to reward the initiatives and work of primary school teachers of remote and border areas of Greece, has lauched eleven (11) "Awards for Educational Promotion in Border Areas "accompanied by the amount of 3,000 Euro each, courtesy, for the year 2016, the company COSMOCAR.
The award concerns the the school years 2013-2014, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.
DEADLINE is Monday 11 April!
Read here the ANNOUNCEMENT in GREEK Language.
The Greek National Commission of UNESCO, wishing to reward the initiatives and work of primary school teachers of remote and border areas of Greece, has lauched eleven (11) "Awards for Educational Promotion in Border Areas "accompanied by the amount of 3,000 Euro each, courtesy, for the year 2016, the company COSMOCAR.

The award concerns the the school years 2013-2014, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.

DEADLINE is Monday 11 April!!


 

 
 
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Wetlands are essential for sustainable livelihoods , world Wetlands Day, february 2, 2016

Livelihoods from fishing, rice farming, travel, tourism, and water provision all depend on wetlands.  And wetlands are vital to us in many other ways.  They host a huge variety of life, protect our coastlines, provide natural sponges against river flooding, and store carbon dioxide to regulate climate change.

Unfortunately, wetlands are often viewed as wasteland, and more than 64% of our wetlands have disappeared since 1900. People shall be enabled to make a decent living, and at the same time ensuring that wetlands can still provide their essential benefits, do not have to be conflicting goals!


PHOTO CONTEST

Take a picture in a wetland location between 2 February and 2 March 2016. Upload it at http://www.worldwetlandsday.org/en/photo-contest

for a chance to win a free flight to a wetland location anywhere in the world courtesy of Star Alliance Biosphere Connections. The photo contest is open to 15-24 year olds.

  1. The photograph must be taken in a wetland and must capture how people make aliving from wetlands.
  2. The photograph must be in digital format. Only photographs submitted online will be eligible. No print or film submissions will be accepted for entry into this Contest.
  3. All digital files must be in JPEG or JPG format, and with a maximum size of 5MB.
  4. The photograph, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the Photographer.
  5. All Entries must be submitted and received by 2 March 2016 at 12.00 Midnight CET
  6. There is limit of three photographs per person.

Read more about the Participation Conditions and the contest visit: http://www.worldwetlandsday.org/en/photo-contest

 

 


 
 
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The theme for the 2015 Prize is Pedagogical Innovation in the Use of ICT in Teaching and Learning.

The prize is funded  by the Kingdom of Bahrain and rewards individuals, institutions, and Non-Governmental Organizations for projects and activities which demonstrate best practices in, and creative use of, ICTs to enhance learning, teaching and overall educational performance. The Secretariat for the Prize is located in the Unit for ICT in Education of the Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems within the Education Sector (ED/PLS/ICT).

To submit an application please go to:  http://www.unesco.org/icts-in-education-prize.

The deadline for submission of all nominations files is 10 November 2015.

 
 
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Have you run a local project that addresses the dimensions of sustainable development (society, economy, and environment), applies ESD methods and practices, and can be a model to other communities?

Here is a chance to make it known and earn a symbolic award of 3,000 US dollars.

Okayama City has launched the ‘ESD Okayama Award’ adressed to organizations which have been promoting ESD in Japan and around the world.

This Award is aimed to contribute to showcasing and promoting ESD, and supporting the organizations that carry out ESD activities through rewarding good practices in the world.

Prize: 3,000 US dollars to each of 3 (max) organisations.

Submission: Application can be sent via E-mail or by post to the Secretariat.

Deadline: The Application must be received by 25 Sep 2015 (Friday).

READ MORE:
Access the Guidelines and the Application Form (in English)


This Award is aimed to contribute to showcasing and promoting ESD, and supporting the organizations that carry out ESD activities through rewarding good practices in the world.
Prize: 3,000 US dollars to each of 3 (max) organisations.
Submission: Application can be sent via E-mail or by post to the Secretariat.
Deadline: The Application must be received by 25 Sep 2015 (Friday).
READ MORE:
Access the Guidelines and the Application Form (in English)
http://www.city.okayama.jp/esd/esd_00186.ht

 

 
 
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