Deadline: 15 July 2021

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 if — Spesterra” Youth Video Challenge to stimulate young people’s interest and knowledge about the vital way disarmament contributes to a safer, more secure and sustainable world for all.

Making use of multimedia productions like short films, animations, documentaries, and music videos, young people around the globe are invited to showcase their vision of what the world would look like if we put people at the centre of our disarmament efforts to save lives and make our world a safer place.


The Spesterra Video Challenge begins on Thursday, 15 April 2021 (World Arts Day) and ends on 15 July 2021 (Youth Skills Day). The winners will be announced by early August.


The Spesterra Video Challenge is open to young people of all nationalities who are from 18 to 24 years old. While the people appearing in the video do not have to be young, it is imperative that the video reflects the thoughts and opinions of the young filmmaker about the vital way disarmament contributes to a safer, more secure and sustainable world for all.

The person submitting the video (“the entrant”) must be actively involved in its making (e.g., either as a director, writer, camera person, editor, actor, coordinator, etc.)

The video could be co-produced with a friend, colleague or partner (“the second entrant”) who is also between the ages of 18 to 24 years old.


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