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Application Requirements

Photographs
1) 12x17cm (5x7 inches) photo of the sample handicraft product photos of the major production steps
2)  The photograph of the product will be used for the certificate and website. Therefore, it is important that a high quality picture is submitted (either in photo, slide or digital format).


Craft product sample(s):
One sample of the craft product must be sent to UNESCO SEAL partners (national partner organization or sub-regional secretariat). The product will be used for the evaluation and for exhibitions.


Entry processing fee
in the amount of US $20 (twenty dollars US): The collected fee will serve to cover SEAL entry processing and administrative costs and part of communication and exhibition expenses


Dispatch cost:
The cost of dispatching the application form and craft product samples to the project partner is to be borne by the applicant.  Clearly indicate on the package: “Samples for submission to UNESCO Seal of Excellence – no commercial value,” in order to avoid unnecessary custom fees.

Good quality packing: Items that are broken or damaged during transportation will not be evaluated.

For additional information, please consult the enclosed application form guidelines or contact us.

Programme Regulations and Eligibility

  1. The “Award’ is granted every two years by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in collaboration with regional partners.
  2. The Award is open to: individual craft producers, community groups, cooperatives, designers and other craft organizations that produce commercial handmade product lines, and are capable of maintaining adequate stock levels to fulfill orders.
  3. The applicant must reside permanently (for individuals) or be registered (for organizations) in one of the participating countries.
  4. Only finished “handicraft” products will be accepted. Please refer to the definition of handicrafts below:
     - Products of a purely artistic nature are not eligible. 
     - Sections of large products (i.e. carpet sample) or semi-finished products (i.e. roll of textiles) are not eligible
  5. Products submitted without a complete and signed application form will not be considered for the award. 
  6. The Award is only valid for one product or one product line and the certificate or name cannot be used for the promotion of other products manufactured by the same producer if these products have not been submitted to and awarded by the programme.
  7. The certificate is valid for a period of 4 years, which can be extended without fee upon confirmation that the product or product line is still available, and meets the same characteristics and quality level.   Without this confirmation from the producer, the product will be removed from the website and other promotional materials.
  8. The certificate can be reproduced in unlimited number for promotional purposes. Applicants who are not direct producers are responsible for sharing the certificate and programme information with the artisan. 
  9. (a) Awarded products will be retained for educational and promotional purposes by UNESCO and/or its partners and cannot be sold.
    (b) Products not selected can be returned to the producer at their own cost upon written request, through the national or sub-regional partners or national commissions, depending on the local organizational structure.
  10. All patent, copyright and other reproduction rights are retained by the producer.