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Past Competitions and Awards

Essays, poems, photography, artworks, cartoons, videos. There are over a dozen competitions and contests organised yearly by the UN family. They represent a fun, at time challenging, way to engage creatively with topics that are a priority for the organisation.

Fit for Life Photo Contest

To celebrate the launch of the Social and Human Science Sector’s new sport-based flagship, Fit for Life, UNESCO is organizing a photo contest to promote equality, empowerment and inclusion through sport.   Fit for Life unites private and public sector stakeholders through sport to tackle contemporary crises in physical inactivity, mental...

UN Secretary-General Awards 2021

The Secretary-General Awards honour and recognize significant performance of UN Secretariat personnel and teams who go beyond the call of duty in the discharge of their duties or initiate and implement projects with great impact and innovative potential. Staff members are invited to nominate outstanding colleagues and their projects. ...

United Nations Public Service Awards 2022

The United Nations Public Service Awards is the most prestigious international recognition of excellence in public service. It rewards the creative achievements and contributions of public service institutions that lead to a more effective and responsive public administration in countries worldwide. Through an annual competition, the Awards promotes the role, professionalism...

Minecraft/UNESCO Global Build Challenge: Peace with Nature

Join Minecraft and UNESCO in a global build competition to design sustainable solutions for your communities that help us live in harmony with nature. Students are invited to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Minecraft: Education Edition with curriculum to support teachers. Submissions are due on November 19. This...

Netflix and UNESCO short film competition

Netflix and UNESCO have launched an innovative short film competition on ‘African Folktales, Reimagined’ across Sub-Saharan Africa. Winners of the competition will be trained and mentored by industry professionals and provided with a US$75,000 production budget to create short films that will premiere on Netflix in 2022 as an...

ESCWA Regional Art Competition

The Global 16 Days Campaign to end gender-based violence takes place every year between 25 November to 10 December. The Campaign raises awareness and calls for the elimination of violence against women and girls worldwide. Each year, ESCWA, in partnership with the Arab Institute for Women at the Lebanese...

World Food Day Poster Contest (Age 5-19)

If you’re between the ages 5 to 19, take part in this World Food Day poster contest. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) want you to use your imagination and create a poster of a food journey. An agri-food system is a complex term but they are a part...

2021 Global Media Competition on Labour Migration

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has launched its seventh annual Global Media Competition. Its aim is to recognize fair and balanced reports that contribute to the elimination of xenophobia and discrimination against migrant workers and highlight the positive contributions migrants make to society. This year, judges are particularly interested in...

Mobile Film Festival: one-minute films to “make peace with nature”

Once again, the United Nations is supporting the Mobile Film Festival, an international competition featuring one-minute films shot on mobile phones.  This year's theme, "making peace with nature", was inspired by a speech by UN Secretary General António Guterres. " Making peace with nature is the defining task of the 21st century. It must...

Best Small Business: Good Food for All Competition

The UN Food Systems Summit has announced a competition to identify the best small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from across the world who are transforming food systems for a better tomorrow. The Summit has launched a unique contest, named “Best Small Business: Good Food for All”, which will surface and...

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