The Award aims to recognise and enhance awareness of outstanding and sustainable achievements internationally in improving the living environment as per the basic criteria established by the Second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements Habitat II and the Dubai Declaration. The Award is presented biennially (ie every two years).
The following prizes are offered:
- Best Practices Award - 6 winners, each receives US$ 30,000
- Best Practices Transfer Award - 2 winners, each receives US$ 30,000
- University Research Award - 2 winners, each receives US$ 15,000
- Private Sector Award - 1 winner, receives a trophy and a commemorative certificate
- Personal Award - 1 winner, receives a trophy and a commemorative certificate
Best Practices are outstanding contributions to improve the living environment. They are defined by the United Nations and the international community at large as successful initiatives which:
- Have a demonstrable and tangible impact on improving people's quality of life.
- Are the result of effective partnerships between the public, private and civic sectors of society.
- Are socially, culturally, economically and environmentally sustainable.
Best Practices are promoted and used by the United Nations and the international community as a means of:
- Improving public policy based on what works.
- Raising awareness of decision-makers at all levels and of the public of potential solutions to common social, economic and environmental problems.
- Sharing and transferring knowledge, expertise and experience through networking and peer-to-peer learning.
Best Practices should result in lasting changes in at least one of the following areas:
- Legislation, regulatory frameworks, by-laws or standards formally recognising the issues and problems that have been addressed.
- Social policies and/or sectoral strategies at the (sub) national level that have a potential for replication elsewhere.
- Institutional frameworks and decision-making processes that assign clear roles and responsibilities to various levels and groups of actors, such as central and local governmental organisations and community-based organisations.
- Efficient, transparent and accountable management systems that make more effective use of human, technical, financial and natural resources.
Participation is open to all individuals, government, non-governmental and civil organisations, universities, and institutes and bodies whose initiatives are in fulfilment of the best practice standards.
Best Practices should be based on a partnership between at least two of the above-mentioned applicants.
Submissions must be made in English, submitted online via the Internet, by e-mail, fax or post, and accompanied by the following supporting material:
- Articles appearing in newspapers, professional journals, newsletters or other publications.
- Digital standard format videos less than ten minutes in length.
- Photographs and/or other graphic material.
- Brochures or other promotional material.