United Nations (1996)

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                         December, 1996

         (Source: ICA News, Issue No.6, 1996, pp.11)

                         United Nations

World Habitat Awards: Call for Entries 1997 
The World Habitat Awards were initiated in 1985 as part of the
Building and Social Housing Foundation's (B&SHF) contribution to
the United Nations International Year of Shelter for the Homeless
in 1987. The principle objective of the international year was
for every nation to draw up strategies, policies and programmes
that would enable practical and attainable improvements to be
made in the shelter and neighbourhoods of all poor and
disadvantaged people by the year 2000.

Entries are currently being sought for the 1997 World Habitat
Award. This year is the thirteenth year of this annual
competition, which has been highly successful in attracting
outstanding human settlements projects. The winning projects have
received world-wide publicity, with a view to encouraging their
replication in many other countries.

Projects are sought, in both developed and developing countries,
which offer sustainable futures to residents and which provide
practical and imaginative solutions to current housing

A panel of international assessors evaluate the projects. The two
award winners each year receive PStg.10,000 plus an individually
designed and crafted silver trophy. The awards are presented each
year  on World Habitat Day and in 1996 were presented by Mr.Gabor
Kuncze, Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Hungary in
Budapest, Hungary.

The B&SHF is now calling for entries for 1997. Preliminary
submissions should be sent before 31 July 1997. 

For further information, please contact Diane Deacon, Deputy
Director B&SHF, UK by fax: 44-1530 510 332, or E-mail:

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Sasakawa Prize
is one of the most prestigious environmental awards in the

The Prize, administered by UNEP, was initially named the Sasakawa
International Environment Prize. It is now known as the UNEP
Sasakawa Environment Prize and is awarded annually to leading
environmentalists and recognizes the work of these individuals
at the global level. Since its inception, interest in the award
has increased significantly as attested by the growing number of
nominations. The prize  aims to encourage environmental
achievement in any field of the environment. The annual award of
$50,000 was increased to $200,000 in 1990, making it one of the
most valuable environmental prizes. The prize is awarded to
individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the
management and protection of the environment consistent
with the policies, aims and objectives of UNEP. 

Candidates can be associated with any field of the environment.
Those eligible to make nominations include, but are not limited
to, specialists in environmental sciences, academies of science,
engineering and research, members of the United Nations system,
governments and intergovernmental organizations, trade unions and
non-governmental organizations. The deadline for nominations for
the Prize is 31 March 1997. Additional information may be
obtained from the Secretary, UNEP, Nairobi, Kenya, Fax: (254 2)
62 3692.

In 1993, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 1996 as the
International Year for the Eradication of Poverty (IYEP),
"recognizing that poverty is a complex and multi-dimensional
problem with origins in both the national and international
domains, and that its eradication in all countries, in particular
in developing countries, has become one of the priority
development objectives for the 1990s in order to promote
sustainable development". Boutros Boutros-Ghali said that the
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty posed a
challenge to the international community to do more to stem the
rising tide of world poverty. The global observance of this Day
is aimed at promoting public awareness of the causes of
poverty and the need to eradicate such destitution.