Monday, 31 August 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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Express peace! Storytelling and drawing contest for peace

Deadline: 31 August 2015

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Express peaceThe contest is organized by the Permanent Representation of the International Organization of La Francophonie to the United Nations in New York and the United Nations Department of Public Information.

The competition is open to participants between the ages of 5 and 18 around the world. Young people aged 5 to 10 years old should submit a drawing, and those 11 to 18, a story. The contest entries should illustrate the values of peace or how cultural diversity contributes to peace.


Shining Stars of Europe

Deadline: 30 September 2015

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The Latvian and Luxembourg EU Presidencies 2015 and the European Commission are inviting participant's to this year's "Shining Stars of Europe video contest" on Development Cooperation.

In a video of 150 seconds, they're inviting creative people to show a fruitful example of development cooperation benefiting all partners involved. How can different societies help each other?

3 winning teams will win 2 000 € each to travel and present their idea or engage in a dialogue project, and will be invited to Luxembourg for the Closing Ceremony of the European Year for Development on 9th December 2015.

- Part of the European Year for Development.


1 Mobile 1 Minute 1 Film - Mobile Film Festival

Deadline: 28 September 2015

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Partnering with the United Nations, The Mobile Film Festival is encouraging film makers to create one minute videos on their phones to inspire people to ‘Act on Climate Change’.

This year’s Mobile Film Festival theme focuses on climate change ahead of the Climate Change Conference taking place in Paris in December (COP21).

Participants from around the world are encouraged to create unique films in their own languages. Of the entries, 100 films will be selected and an overall winner will receive a €30.000 grant, donated by BNP Paribas, with which to produce a film within a year.

Last year 750 films were submitted to the competition and they received over 2.7 million viewings in just 3 weeks.