Habitat Scroll of Honour for NGO Achievements

The Habitat Scroll of Honour is an award launched by the United Nations Human Settlement Programme to recognize the contributions made by organizations and individuals towards “shelter provision, highlighting the plight of the homeless, leadership in conflict reconstruction, and developing and improving the human settlements and the quality of urban life.” It is the world’s most prestigious human settlements award given out annually since 1989 and it carries a plaque presented at the Global Observance of World Habitat Day on 5 October 2009. NGOs, individuals, media and several other different agencies can participate in this competition. Under the broad context of human settlements and urban development, the winners will be selected based on their contribution towards any one of the following categories and specifically addressing the year’s theme of “planning our urban future.” The categories include disaster management and mitigation, economic development and finance, environment, information and monitoring, infrastructure, land and housing, social development (which includes Children and youth, Community development, Crime prevention, Education, Gender, Health and HIV/AIDS, Human rights, Income generation, Migrants, refugees and Internally displaced, Older persons and Persons with disabilities and urban management.

Both submissions and nominations are invited for the award but in different formats. Information about the project activities undertaken in this context need to be elaborated, providing sufficient information about its impact, sustainability and innovation. The last date to submit applications is 15 August 2009. For more information, visit this link.