UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Award

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UN-Habitat Scroll of Honor Award

UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Award was created by the United Nations Residential Centre in 1989 to encourage and recognize the countries, governments, organizations, and individuals who have made great contributions to the development of housing.[1] It is the highest standard of award for such activities, given by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme in recognition of work carried out in the field of human settlements development. The aim of the award is to honour individuals and institutions instrumental in improving the living conditions in urban centres of the world.[2]


Each year, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme receives a large number of projects nominated by governments after selection. Recommended candidates can be government organizations or agencies, individuals, or projects, and initiatives can address any aspects of human settlements, such as housing, infrastructure, urban renewal, sustainable human settlements development, or post-disaster reconstruction.[3]


Awards were given to the following[4]

Winner Country
The São Paulo Slum Upgrading Programme of the Municipal Housing Secretariat (SEHAB) Brazil
The Special Council Support Fund for Mutual Assistance (FEICOM) Cameroon
The County of Anji China
Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, Governor of Ondo State Nigeria
Mr. Muchadeyi Ashton Masunda, Mayor of Harare Zimbabwe


Awards was given to following[5]

Winner Country
Wintringham Specialist Aged Care Australia
Centro de Investigacion y Desarrollo de Estructuras y Materiales (CIDEM) i Cuba
Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel (SMART) by MMC-Gamuda Malaysia
Edith Mbanga of the Shack Dwellers Federation for Namibia Namibia
Yakutsk City Administration Russia
Austin Energy Green Building United States


Winner Country
Vienna (Municipal)'s Sustainable Urban Renewal Programme Austria
Kunshan Municipal People's Government China
City of Medellin Colombia
Ministry of Housing and Urban Development of Morocco and the Al Omrane Group Morocco
Housing and Development Board (HDB) Singapore
Johannesburg Social Housing Company (JOSHCO) South Africa


In this year, the award recipients come from diverse backgrounds and contents.[6]

Winner Country
Peter Oberlander Canada
Un Techo Para Mi Pais Chile
Rizhao Municipal Government China
CEMEX Mexico
The city of Grozny Russia
The Saudi Al-Medina Al Munawarah Local Urban Observatory Saudi Arabia
The Seoul Metropolitan Government (Special Citation) Republic of Korea
Jan Peterson of Huairou Commission United States of America
The Alexandra Renewal Project South Africa
The City of Malmö Sweden
Uganda Women’s Efforts to Save Children (UWESO) Uganda
Neal Peirce, Journalist United States of America


Winner Country
Nanjing Municipal Government (Special Citation) China
The ancient canal city of Shaoxing in Zhejiang Province China
The bustling port city of Zhangjiagang in Jiangsu Province China
The City of Bugulma in the Tartarstan Republic of Western Russia Russia
The Capital of Rwanda, Kigali Rwanda
Ciudad Juarez, a major Mexican city on the United States border Mexico


Winner Country
The Nanning Municipal People’s Government China
Eusebio Leal Spengler, Historian of the City of Havana Cuba
The Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies The Netherlands
Lieutenant-General Nadeem Ahmed, Deputy Chairman, Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority Pakistan
The Palestinian Housing Council (PHC) Palestinian National Authority
Russia, the Stavropol City Administration’s project Russian Federation
The Mwanza Rural Housing Programme United Republic of Tanzania


Winner Country
The National Cities Conference Programme, Ministry of Cities Brazil
The Yangzhou Municipal People’s Government China
The French firm Veolia Environment France
The Government of Alexandria Egypt
Cardinal Renato Martino, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace Italy
Pag IBIG Fund The Philippines
Federation Yaroslavl City Administration Russian Federation
H.H. Shaikh Khalifa Bin Salman Al-Khalifa (Special Citation), The Prime Minister of The Kingdom of Bahrain Kingdom of Bahrain


Winner Country
Rose Molokoane South Africa
The Municipality of Kazan City Russia
Sarvodaya Shramandana Movement Sri Lanka
Professor Johan Silas Indonesia
Jakarta Metropolitan City Indonesia
North Sumatra Governor Tengku Rizal Nurdin (posthumous) Indonesia
King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (Special Citation) Sweden


Winner Country
Xiamen Municipal People’s Government China
Centre for Development Communication India
President Joaquim Chissano (Special Citation) Mozambique
The Big Issue magazine United Kingdom
Prime Minister Rafic Hariri (Special Citation) Lebanon


Winner Country
Margaret Catley-Carlson Canada
Weihai Municipal Government China
German Garcia Duran Colombia
Nasreen Mustafa Sideek Iraq
Pamoja Trust Kenya
Sankie D. Mthembi-Mahanyele South Africa
Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council Switzerland
Zena Daysh, Commonwealth Human Ecology Council UK
Teolinda Bolivar Venezuela
His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej, the King of Thailand (Special Citation) Thailand


Winner Country Motivation
City-to-City cooperation between Nakuru, Kenya and Leuven Belgium for their multifaceted City-to-City Cooperation on sustainable Urban Development.
Brazilian Institute of Municipal Administration Brazil For its continuous support to local government development through training on municipal and urban issues.
Baotou Municipal Government China for outstanding improvements in shelter and the urban environment and successful cooperation with other Chinese cities.
CITYNET based in Yokohama Japan for playing a key role in facilitating C2C and networking amongst local governments, NGOs and development agencies in Asia.
Dutch Habitat Platform The Netherlands for coordinating the Habitat Agenda and linking municipalities in the Netherlands with their partners in developing countries.
Mayor Joan Clos Spain for his outstanding commitment and contribution to global cooperation between local authorities and the United Nations.
ENDA Tiers Monde, Dakar Senegal for promoting alternative development options at local level, reducing poverty and advocating housing rights.
René Frank USA for his dedication to low-cost housing as a leading member of the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI).
John Hodges (Special Citation) United Kingdom for his contribution to poverty elimination and sustainable urban development in South Asia and sub-Saharian Africa.


Winner Country
Hangzhou Municipal Government China
Pastora Nuez Gonzalez Cuba
Bremer Beginenhof Modell Germany
Fukuoka City Japan
Father Pedro Opeka Madagascar
Centre on Housing Rights and Eviction Switzerland
Television Trust for the Environment (TVE), UK Asiaweek Magazine UK
The Cooperating Committee for Japan Habitat Fukuoka Office (Special Citation) Japan


Winner Country
Ana Vasilache Romania
Caroline Pezzullo USA
Jacqueline daCosta Jamaica
Women and Peace Network Costa Rica
Mary Jane Ortega Philippines
International Union of Local Authorities based in the Netherlands
Sheela Patel India
Charles Keenja Tanzania
Mmatshilo Motsei South Africa


Winner Country
Habiba Eid Egypt
Bo Xilai Mayor of Dalian China
National Slum Dwellers Federation India
Alvaro Villota Berna Colombia
President Rudolf Schuster Slovak Republic
Pierre Laconte Belgium
Millard Fuller USA
Hon. Kwamena Ahwoi Ghana
Operation Firimbi Kenya


Winner Country
Programa de Mobilizaco de Comunidades Brazil
Fu-Nan River Comprehensive Revitalization Project Chengdu, China
Mayor Mu Suixin, Mayor of Shenyang China
Forum Européene pour la Sécurité Urbaine France
Prof. Akin L. Mabogunje Nigeria
Valdimir A. Kudryavtsev Russia
Association des Habitants del Mourouje Tunisia


Winner Country
Sen. Oscar Lopez Velarde Vega Mexico
Mother Center Stuttgart West Germany
South African Homeless Peoples Federation South Africa
Mayor Huang Ziqiang China
Reinhard Goethert and Nabeel Hamdi USA/United Kingdom
Federation of Canadian Municipalities Canada
Peter Elderfield (Special Citation) United Kingdom
Radinal Moochtar, Minister of Public Works (Special Citation) Indonesia


Winner Country
Hou Jie, Minister of Construction (Special Citation) China
Peter Kimm (Special Citation) USA
Mohamed Hashi, Mayor of Hargeisa Somalia
The late Sidhijai Tanphiphat Thailand
Ministry of Local Government and Housing Zambia
The SISCAT Group Bolivia
Jnos SZAB Budapest


Winner Country
Comunidades Programme State Government of Cear Brazil
Foundation in Support of Local Democracy Poland
Urban Community Development Office Thailand
Gangadhar Rao Dattatri India
Projet de Taza, Agence Nationale de lute contre l’Habitat Insalubre (ANHI) Morocco
La cooprative des veuves de Save Duhozanye Rwanda
Shanghai Municipal Housing Project China
Joe Slovo (deceased) South Africa


Winner Country
Qassim Sultan United Arab Emirates
Bank Tabungan Negara (State Housing Bank of Indonesia) Indonesia
Programme dHabitat Cooperatif Senegal
Jorge E. Hardoy (deceased) Argentina
Housing Development Administration Turkey


Winner Country
Cités Unies Development France
Build Together Programme Namibia
Anthony Williams Bullard United Kingdom


Winner Country
Intermediate Technology Development Group United Kingdom
Shenzhen Housing Bureau China
Habitat International Coalition Mexico
East Wahdat Upgrading Project Jordan
Earthquake Emergency Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Programme Nepal
Rural Housing Reconstruction with Appropriate Technologies Ecuador
Namuwongo Upgrading and Low-Cost Housing Uganda
New Urban Communities in Egypt Egypt
World Relief El Salvador Housing Reconstruction Project El Salvador
Woodless Construction Project Niger
Laurie Baker India
Yona Friedman USA
Mayor Jaime Lerner Curitiba, Brazil
Rozanov Evgueni Grigorievich Russian Federation
John F.C. Turner United Kingdom


Winner Country
Ministry of Housing and Human Settlements Costa Rica
Urban Development Authority Singapore
Cooperative Housing Foundation USA
National Housing Development Authority Sri Lanka
Housing and Urban Development Corporation India
Housing Development Finance Corporation India
Sengki Land-sharing Project Thailand
Projet Assistance IECOSAT - Burundi
Institute for Building Materials Viet Nam
Tamako Nakanishi Japan
Arch. Leandro Quintana Uranga Venezuela


Winner Country
Lord Scarman United Kingdom
Tangshan Municipal Government China
Construyamos Colombia
Craterre France
Stone Town Conservation and Development Authority United Republic of Tanzania
Human Settlement Foundation Thailand
American Society of Clinical Oncology, Chicago, ILL USA


Winner Country
Otto Koenigsberger United Kingdom
Hassan Fathy Egypt
Lauchlin Currie USA
Habitat for Humanity International USA

Evaluation Criteria[edit]

In order to ensure the authority of living award, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme hired a group of senior officials and experts to judge the candidates. After strict reviewing and screening materials of all the candidates, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme chooses the winners. Every year the number of awards by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme depends, generally below 10. Past winners are outstanding in the international, regional or national level of human living and have extensive influences. On every World Habitat Day, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme will hold the award ceremony in a prior selected city.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Award – UN-Habitat". unhabitat.org. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  2. ^ "World Habitat Day - 2 October". www.un.org. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  3. ^ "UN-Habitat launches the 2013 Scroll of Honour Awards". UCLG - United Cities and Local Governments. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  4. ^ "2012 Scroll of honour winners". Mirror.unhabitat.org. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  5. ^ "UN-HABITAT announces the 2011 Scroll of Honor Award Winners - United Nations Information Centre in Cairo". United Nations Information Centre in Cairo. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  6. ^ "Habitat Scroll of Honour Award winners announced for 2009 | Cities Alliance". www.citiesalliance.org. 2011-08-09. Retrieved 2018-06-08.

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