Monday, 15 September 2014

UN in your language

Take Action for the Climate

ELYX CLIMATE CHANGE 1The UN network of 63 Information Centres has joined the global call for Climate Action with a series of communication initiatives.

Climate change is not a far-off problem. It is happening now and is having very real consequences on people’s lives. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow. But there is a growing recognition that affordable, scalable solutions are available now that will enable us all to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies.

There is a sense that change is in the air. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders, from government, finance, business, and civil society to Climate Summit 2014 this 23 September to galvanize and catalyze climate action.

He has asked these leaders to bring bold announcements and actions to the Summit that will reduce emissions, strengthen climate resilience, and mobilize political will for a meaningful legal agreement in 2015. Climate Summit 2014 provides a unique opportunity for leaders to champion an ambitious vision, anchored in action that will enable a meaningful global agreement in 2015.

Metro Photo Challenge | #Selfie4Climate | Mobile Film Festival | Elyx


Metro Photo Challenge

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On the occasion of the UN Climate Summit, to be held on 23 September at the UN Headquarters in New York City, METRO International will launch the 10th edition of METRO Photo Challenge, the world’s largest photography competition.

The competition is open to everyone everywhere. The theme chosen with the United Nations Climate Change team is: “My Green City.” Details of the 2014 Metro Photo Challenge’s other themes, categories and Grand Prize will be announced on the day of the launch on 23 September.

Metro Photo Challenge was introduced ten years ago in Sweden and ran globally for the first time in 2007. The contest has become a truly credible and important event for professional and amateur photographers alike. In 2013, 40,000 photographers submitted more than 120,000 images, making Metro Photo Challenge the world’s largest photography competition.




On World Environment Day UNRIC launched a selfie petition asking you to lend your voice to the call for climate action.

Snap a selfie to show support for immediate action to combat climate change at the upcoming Climate Summit.


Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has already lent his voice, his selfie, to the campaign and is now asking you to do the same. Snap a shot in your language and add it to the gallery.

You can either:

(a) take a selfie of yourself with the logo,
(b) snap a shot while performing a climate action, or,
(c) write down 'I'm for Climate Action'.

Make sure to add the #climate2014 and #selfie4climate hashtags as we'll be collecting your selfies and posting them on our dedicated galleries which will be used during the summit.

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Downloadable language text-bubble available here. Snap a shot in your language and we'll add it to our gallery.



Mobile Film Festival

MFFThe Mobile Film Festival is working with UNRIC on a cell phone video project on climate change. The concept is to create a one-minute cell phone video on the topic: "Action! For Climate Change." It will be open to anyone with a mobile phone with video camera capability. The contest will take place in 2015.

More information soon...




Elyx is a virtual character who looks at the world with interest and good humour. Drawn in a very simple style, Elyx can express a great number of different expressions.

In partnership with the artist, UNRIC is using Elyx to highlight a series of international observances as well as the UN's 2014 Climate Summit.

Find out more...

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