UN-Habitat – Dubai International Award – Submission of programmes to improve people’s living environment
UN-Habitat and Dubai Municipality offer an opportunity for global recognition through the Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment. The 9th cycle of the Dubai Award for Best Practices has been launched by UN-HABITAT, it's partners and Dubai municipality. They are looking for urban programmes, potential Best Practices, that have made an impact on people's living environment.
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.
The first call for Best Practices was launched in 1996 during the Second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) as a means of identifying what works in improving living conditions on a sustainable basis. An International Conference on Best Practices was held in Dubai in November 1995. The Conference adopted the Dubai Declaration and established the Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment in 1995.
As a result of eight successive Award cycles in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010, currently there are approximately 4,000 Good and Best Practices from 140 countries featured on the Best Practices database. At each cycle, an independent committee of technical experts (Technical Advisory Committee) identifies Good and Best Practices and prepares a shortlist. An International Jury selects the award winners from the shortlist.
The DIA Best Practices Award 2012 consists of 11 Award:
- 6 for Best Practices
- 2 for Best Practice Transfers
- 2 for the private sector
- 1 for individuals who contribute positively to improving the living environment.
Dubai Municipality will present the Ninth Dubai International Award to a new group of 11 Best Practices Laureates in October 2012.
As a partner of the UN-HABITAT Best Practices Programme, the Best Practices Hub Vienna supports the organisation of the DIA by providing the required expert knowledge for the evaluation of projects in the field of urban environmental technologies and regional expertise for best-practice projects from Central and Eastern Europe. By invitation of Dubai, a representative of the City of Vienna also takes part in the technical assessment of the projects submitted for the Best Practices Award. Applicants will be provided with technical support by the Best Practices Hub Vienna.
We look forward to receiving your submission.
Mag.(FH) Birgit Ginzler
Tel. +43 1 4000 84270
Fax +43 1 4000 7997