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Competitions and Contests

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.

#GenerationRestoration Youth Challenge

The #GenerationRestoration Youth Challenge is a global call for youth-led solutions to conserve and restore ecosystems. In alignment with the UN Decade, the Challenge covers conservation and restoration of all types of intact and degraded terrestrial and coastal ecosystems, including forests, grasslands, peat, etc. The Challenge calls for impactful and...

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...

Short-Silent Video Competition for high school students in Southeast Asia

For all junior and high school students aged 15 to 19 in South East Asian countries. UNESCO, in collaboration with the Association of Indonesian Ecoprinters (AEPI), the L'Oréal Foundation through the partnership UNESCO L'Oréal for Women in Science and Loves Back is organising a short-silent video competition for students...

“What if – Spesterra” Youth Video Challenge

The United Nations General Assembly declared 2021 the “International Year of Peace and Trust”. It is also the first year of the Decade of Action to usher in ambitious steps to deliver on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Against this backdrop, the Office for Disarmament Affairs is launching the “What...

Goi Peace Foundation – 2021 International essay contest for young people

This annual international essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world's youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of...

Call for Entries: Sustainable Development Photo and Video Storytelling Contest

Tying in with the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development 2021, the UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) and Technische Sammlungen Dresden aim to mobilise professional and amateur photographers and videographers to advocate for sustainability through a storytelling contest. Photographers and videographers of...

UNWTO Rural Tourism Startup Competition

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has launched a new competition to identify the best ideas that will help rural communities recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Global Rural Tourism Startup Competition will also support the entrepreneurs and enterprises that can help rural communities seize the economic...

UNESCO Clubs 2021 Worldwide Youth Multimedia Competition

USFUCA, UNESCO Center for Peace and World Genesis Foundation invite youth around the world to take part in this year’s Multimedia Competition. Unparalleled connectivity put youth in one of the greatest positions to bring much-needed change to the world. UNESCO’s mission is to mobilize the optimism of youth to respond...

#forSafeWorship, submit your story

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) are looking for stories. Your story. To inspire people around the world to join the movement to safeguard religious sites #forSafeWorship. The global call to action #forSafeWorship aims to create personal, emotional connections with religious sites. It celebrates the universality of religious sites...

50th International Letter-Writing Competition

The Universal Postal Union’s (UPU) International Letter-Writing Competition will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. The competition, launched in 1971, aims to promote literacy among the world’s children through the art of letter writing. In 2021 the theme is, “Write a letter to a family member about your experience of Covid-19.”...

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