About The Award
Municipality of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), are pleased to invite you to submit your 'Best Practice' for the 2014 Dubai International Award. Previous submitters are also encouraged to submit updates of their best practices for eventual inclusion in the database. Contact bestpractices@unhabitat.org for submission guidelines.

Best Practices are initiatives which have made outstanding contributions to improving the quality of life in cities and communities around the world. The original call for Best Practices was launched in 1995 during preparations for 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. For the
1996 Awards, over 700 Best Practices from 90 countries were submitted to Habitat. An independent international Technical Advisory Committee identified 105 submissions as Best Practices and six of these were selected by a jury to receive the 1996 Dubai International Award during Habitat II conference (June 1996). In 1998, the Dubai International Award attracted 470 submissions from over 80 countries. 124 submissions were selected as Best Practices and 10 initiatives were chosen to receive the Dubai International Award at a special award ceremony on World Habitat Day, 5 October 1998. In 2000 over 700 submissions from 100 countries were received with 112 being classified as Best Practices, 10 of who were selected as award winners. In 2002, 550+ submissions and updates from more than 90 countries were received with 126 being classified as best practices.

In 2012,
650+ submissions and updates from more than 100 countries were received with 108 being classified as best practices. The Best Practices and Award winners were selected by the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and the Best Practices Jury respectively. In October 2012, Dubai Municipality presented the Fifth Dubai International Award to a new group of 10 Best Practices.

Currently, 2100 Good and Best Practices from 137 countries are documented on the
Best Practices database.

Follow this link to view the guidelines submission guidelines for the year 2014.

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