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Prizes & Celebrations

The aims of the Natural Sciences Sector are advanced through a selection of awards, prizes, international days, weeks and years.

Prizes & Celebrations
  • UNESCO/Le Mignon, Misato
  • Japanese Garden

Awards and Prizes

  • Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science More
  • Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation More
  • UNESCO/Institut Pasteur Medal for an outstanding contribution to the development of scientific knowledge that has a beneficial impact on human health More
  • L'Oreal-UNESCO Prize for Women in Science More
  • ERAIFT regional postgraduate school Prize More
  • MAB Young Scientists Awards More
  • Michel Batisse Award for Biosphere Reserve Management More
  • Mercosur Award in Science and Technology More 
  • Mondialogo Engineering Award More
  • Research Grants for Young Scientists specialising in Great Apes of Africa More
  • UNESCO-Obiang Nguema Mbasogo International Prize for Research in the life sciences More

UN International Days and Weeks

  • 22 March: World Day for Water More 
  • 7 April: World Health Day More
  • 22 April: International Mother Earth Day More
  • 25 April: World Malaria Day More
  • 22 May: International Day for Biological Diversity More 
  • 5 June: World Environment Day More 
  • 8 June: World Oceans Day More
  • 17 June: World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought More 
  • 9 August: International Day of the World's Indigenous People More 
  • 16 September: International day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer More 
  • Last week of September: World Maritime Day More 
  • 4-10 October : World Space Week More 
  • Second Wednesday of October: International Day for Disaster Reduction More 
  • 17 October: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty More 
  • 6 November: International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict More 
  • 10 November: World Science Day for Peace and Development More 
  • 11 December: International Mountain Day More 



UN International Years

  • 2007-2009: International Polar Year More
  • 2009: International Year of Astronomy More
  • 2009: Year of the Gorilla (More)
  • 2008: International Year of Planet Earth More
  • 2008: International Year of Sanitation More
  • 2010: International Year of Biological Diversity (General Assembly of the United Nations Resolution A/RES/61/203 [PDF format - 105 KB])
  • 2011: International Year of Chemistry More
  • 2005-2014: International Decade for Action "Water for Life" More
  • 2005-2014: Second International Decade of the World's Indigenous People More
  • 2005-2014: United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development More

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