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A National Experience of the Management of the UNESCO Prizes Process – Perspectives and Recommendations

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A National Experience of the Management of the UNESCO Prizes Process – Perspectives and Recommendations

JULY 2016

UNESCO prizes celebrate those whose work furthers the Organisation’s mandate in building peace, security and sustainable development. Often offering significant financial reward and media attention, it is essential that UNESCO prizes are awarded to the most deserving candidates, who will act as ambassadors for UNESCO and its constitutional values, and safeguard the integrity of the prize, the nominating Member State and UNESCO. A rigorous, open and transparent prize application process is central to achieving this.

This policy brief agrees with the conclusions of UNESCO’s 2012 evaluation of prizes. The policy brief will focus on practical considerations for National Commissions when managing UNESCO prize applications, rather than the UNESCO prize strategy itself. It outlines the main challenges that the UK National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC) has faced when processing UNESCO prize applications, and draws upon a series of interviews with former UK prize winners, expert peer-reviewers and the UKNC’s Accreditations Manager. This brief provides an overview of the UKNC’s current and proposed approaches to contending with these challenges.

UK National Commission for UNESCO recommendation:

National Commissions could benefit from establishing an online knowledge exchange platform to facilitate open dialogue to share experiences, good practices and to overcome challenges.

All candidates for nomination and nominating bodies should be made aware of the National Commission’s role to enable access to key National Commission support and to improve transparency.

National Commissions should be able to make nominations for all UNESCO prizes to avoid duplication with other nominating bodies, and ensure that all applicants have access to the same level of support and guidance.

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