Monday, 27 April 2015

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UNRIC competitions

The UN is asking ordinary citizens around the world to unleash their creativity. Competitions on a variety of themes are regularly being organized. They are challenging, fun and rewarding, representing a great opportunity to get involved and help raise awareness on a given subject.

Below is an up-to-date list of competitions organized by the UN. They are ordered by deadline.

Please visit the websites to learn more on the rules and guidelines for each competition.

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2015 International letter-writing competition for young people

Deadline is 30 April, 2015

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UPU2015The theme selected for the 2015 competition is: "Tell us about the world you want to grow up in".

The United Nations Millennium Development Goals for the period 2000-2015 are coming to a close and the world body is getting ready to adopt its post-2015 sustainable development agenda to further the tremendous progress already achieved in education, life expectancy, poverty reduction, and disease control.

From 2015 onwards, efforts will continue to achieve “a world of prosperity, equity, freedom, dignity and peace”, states the United Nations, which will propose an ambitious post-2015 sustainable development agenda that is expected to be adopted by UN member states at a summit in September 2015.

The UPU competition gives youth worldwide an opportunity to express themselves on their hopes for the world we live in, and the possible solutions they see to the issues and challenges facing the planet. The winners will be announced in 2015, just before the UN Summit.

ITU Telecom World Young Innovators Competition

Deadline is 1 May 2015

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Young InnovatorsThe International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World Young Innovators Competition is looking for young social entrepreneurs using innovative ICT-based ideas to encourage entrepreneurship in local communities around the world. These efforts can encourage entrepreneurs in any field, through incubation, skill building, mentorship, sharing resources and collaboration between small businesses. Participants can have either an established start up or the concept for a new one.

Two winners will be invited to join ITU Telecom World 2015 in Budapest, Hungary, October 12-15, 2015 to pitch their ideas, participate in workshops, benefit from a year of ongoing mentorship, and win seed funding.


World Migratory Bird Day Video Contest

Deadline is 14 May 2015

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WMBD2015 logoCreate a Video about World Migratory Bird Day 2015 - Be creative and show us your video skills by taking part in our contest! There is the chance to win prize money and produce this year's World Migratory Bird Day Trailer!

Your clip should aim to encourage people to take action on WMBD, 9-10 May, in no longer than three minutes.


Mobile for Change app competition

Deadline is 15 May 2015

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Mobile4ChangeTelefónica Educación Digital and Qualcomm® Wireless Reach have launched the Mobile for Change competition ( with the patronage of UNESCO and full support of its YouthMobile Initiative.

This global app competition targets women and young people by empowering them to develop mobile solutions for social good. Young people interested in learning about App development can apply what they learn from the free MOOCs offered on the MiríadaX platform and gain the necessary skills to produce their own App.


#soils4life Instagram contest

Deadline is 17 May 2015

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#soils4life Instagram contestThis year, soils are at the centre of global attention. As part of the International Year of Soils, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are turning to you to help them highlight the importance of sustainable soil management.

They are launching the #soils4life contest on Instagram to share photos related to soils, their potential, their functions, but also instances of exploitation or abuse to help draw attention to the myriad of issues concerning this valuable resource.


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