UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Award

Scroll of Honour Award

The UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour award was launched by UN-Habitat in 1989 to encourage and recognize the countries, governments, organizations and individuals who have made great contributions to the development of housing. 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 improving human settlements and the quality of urban life.

The award, a plaque engraved with the name of the winner and their achievement, is presented to the winners during the World Urban Forum.

Who can Apply?

Individuals, organizations, projects, and any Habitat Agenda Partner can be nominated for the Habitat Scroll of Honour. Those eligible 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, the World Bank, etc.);

  • The media; and

  • Individuals.

Urban Achievements

In selecting the winners for the award, the jury looks for achievements in the key areas outlined in the table below. The achievements are considered within the overall context of sustainable human settlements and urban development.

In 2013, the jury gave particular attention to achievements related to the theme of Urban Mobility as well as:

  • Urban Legislation, Land, and Governance

  • Urban Planning and Design

  • Urban Economy and Youth and Job Creation

  • Urban Basic Services

  • Housing and Slum Upgrading

  • Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation

  • Urban Research and Capacity Development

How to Apply

A guide to submitting your nominations for future awards will be updated during the next award cycle. Applications are currently closed.

2014 UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Award

The Scroll of Honour Award 2014 will be announced soon.

2013 UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Award Winners

UN-Habitat announced the winners of the 2013 Scroll of Honour Award in February 2014. The winners were picked from Brazil and Ethiopia, demonstrating the global nature of the award. United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UN-Habitat Executive Director, Dr Joan Clos, said of the nominees: “As usual we have had a number of exceptional entries for the Scroll of Honour award. The Board felt that the winners showed exemplary evidence of their work enhancing the lives of urban dwellers and promoting the new urban agenda.  The sharing of best practice from around the world is vital as we plan for the urban future we want in the run up to Habitat III in 2016.” The Scroll of Honour winners have all been informed of the decision and will presented with their awards at the closing ceremony of the World Urban Forum in Medellin, Colombia on Friday 11 April.

The 2013 UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Award Winners are:

  • UPP Social Programme (Municipality of Rio de Janeiro)-Brazil

Awarded for advancing the promotion of urban, social and economic development in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.

UPP Social is the result of articulating efforts of various municipal agencies and integrating local initiatives developed by the state and federal governments, civil society and the private sector. It has resulted in the creation of a management model to consolidate and analyze information of the territories. UPP Social is a very sound inspiration for interventions in deprived areas in cites in middle income countries and least developed countries. The Programme’s practices can be replicated with appropriate institutional management adjustments in situations where coordination between various public sector officials from various spheres is required, as well as the private sector and civil society.

  • People’s Government of Shouguang City -China

Awarded for improvements in infrastructure, transport and traffic systems

The People’s Government of Shouguang City has been making efforts to accelerate the construction of infrastructure facilities, to develop public green transportation and to advance integration of urban and rural traffic systems.

  • Ministry of Urban Development and Construction of Ethiopia

Awarded for its groundbreaking Cobblestone – Youth Job Creation Initiative

The initiative addresses the need for infrastructure development, recognizing the need to utilize locally available, low-carbon construction materials and labour intensive mechanisms. It covers multiple sectors of urban development and is socially inclusive, focused on youth and women. The innovation includes the creation of small-medium enterprises, while creating capacity in the construction industry for pavers. The side benefits include improved urban mobility, better urban infrastructure, and creating the conditions for public transport and pedestrian accessibility. The initiative is also easily transferable.

  • Suwon City-Republic of Korea

Awarded for its citizen-initiated governance and participatory urban planning and budgeting

The city is awarded for its citizen-initiated governance and participatory urban planning and budgeting approach at neighborhood level and at a broader city-level. The project methodology is a refinement of participatory budgeting by allowing the creation of committees not only to propose, but to examine and monitor city budget. Innovation includes the creation of both “current” (targeting under-privileged groups) and “future” citizens (composed of the youth), with an impact at a legislative level to improve youth participation.

  • Community Led Infrastructure Funding Facility-United Kingdom. Awarded for enabling organizations of the urban poor to access greater resources

The Community Led Infrastructure Funding Facility has enabled organizations of the urban poor to access greater public, private and civil society sector resources to deliver adequate and sustainable housing and basic services for slum dwellers through innovative practice and influence on policy.