A Chance to Attend the Global Observance of World Habitat Day 2020

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A Chance to Attend the Global Observance of World Habitat Day 2020

UN-Habitat is calling for nominations for the UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Award on the occasion of the global observance of World Habitat Day that will be held on Monday 5 October 2020. UN-Habitat is the United Nations programme working towards a better urban future. Its mission is to “promote transformative change in cities and human settlements through knowledge, policy advice, technical assistance and collaborative action to leave no one and no place behind”.


Individuals, organizations, the private sector, government, non-governmental, bilateral and multi-lateral aid agencies dealing with sustainable projects which have had great impact in society, and any Habitat Agenda partner who has improved the lives of people 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.

Selection Processes:

The selection process will consist of these steps:

  • Selection will be made by a Committee comprising from UN-Habitat experts and senior management.
  • 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 which will be guided by the World Habitat Day theme for 2020, Housing For All: A better Urban Future.
  • The Committee members will 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 2 September 2020 on the outcome of the selection.
  • The winners will receive their awards during the global celebration of the World Habitat Day observance on 5 October 2020.

Areas of Achievement:

The adoption by the international community of both Sustainable Development Goals, which includes the standalone urban goal— (SDG 11) to make cities and human settlements safe, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable, — and the New Urban Agenda (NUA) — firmly places urbanization at the forefront of international development policy.

In selecting the winners for the award, the Selection Committee will look out for best practices initiatives and achievements related to SDG 11, which consists of 10 targets and 15 related indicators. Initiatives and achievements related to any of the targets/indicators are welcome. The Selection Committee will also look at achievements related to SDG 11 particularly in the context of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and innovative solutions.

Adequate housing must provide more than four walls and a roof. A number of conditions must be met before particular forms of shelter can be considered to constitute “adequate housing.” These elements are just as fundamental as the basic supply and availability of housing. For housing to be adequate, it must, at a minimum, meet the following criteria:

  • Security of tenure,
  • Availability of services, materials, facilities and infrastructure,
  • Affordability,
  • Habitability,
  • Accessibility,
  • Location, and
  • Cultural adequacy.

About UN-Habitat:

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is the United Nations programme for human settlements and sustainable urban development. It was established in 1978 as an outcome of the First UN Conference on Human Settlements and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat I) held in Vancouver, Canada, in 1976. UN-Habitat maintains its headquarters at the United Nations Office at Nairobi, Kenya. It is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. It is a member of the United Nations Development Group.

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