Friday, 19 December 2014

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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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The Family Meal Photo Competition

Deadline is 11 January, 2015

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WFPPhoto-Competition-Picture-for-TwitterIn today’s rushed world, it is more important than ever to make time to sit down with your loved ones and enjoy a meal together. That is why we are shining the spotlight on the universal custom of the family meal.

Why is it important for you to share a family meal? Is it because of the special family recipe, which has been secretly passed on for generations? Is it because you are together only once a year, and therefore that one family meal is extra special? Or, could it be that you use products from your own garden which you have grown with tender care?

Capture why the family meal is important to you and win prizes by Jamie Oliver and have your photo included in the Family Meal exhibition.

#ShowYourSelfie for Youth

Deadline is 20 January, 2015

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showyourselfie logo1.8 billion people, or 1 in 4 worldwide, are between the ages of 15 and 25. That's too many to ignore. #Showyourselfie is a petition with a difference. Your selfie is your personal signature, showing world leaders that the needs and rights of young people must be a priority.

Between 10 December - 20 January, we're placing the spotlight on ending violence and harmful practices against youth, especially adolescent girls. Lend YOUR voice to the movement by taking an upside down selfie - an Upside Downfie - to turn the situation on its head.

Download the 'campaign in a box' and organise your own #ShowYourSelfie activation

Expo Milano 2015: Short Food Movie Competition

Deadline is March, 2015

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expo2015-competitionUse your smartphone, tablet or videocamera to shoot a video, with a minimum length of 30 seconds to a maximum of 60 seconds, on the theme of food and healthy nutrition. Upload it on the Short Food Movie website and you will help build the global video-mosaic that will open Expo 2015. All the videos uploaded on the portal of Short Food Movie will be visible on the website.

2015 International letter-writing competition for young people

Deadline is 30 April, 2015

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UPU2015The theme selected for the 2015 competition is: "Tell us about the world you want to grow up in".

The United Nations Millennium Development Goals for the period 2000-2015 are coming to a close and the world body is getting ready to adopt its post-2015 sustainable development agenda to further the tremendous progress already achieved in education, life expectancy, poverty reduction, and disease control.

From 2015 onwards, efforts will continue to achieve “a world of prosperity, equity, freedom, dignity and peace”, states the United Nations, which will propose an ambitious post-2015 sustainable development agenda that is expected to be adopted by UN member states at a summit in September 2015.

The UPU competition gives youth worldwide an opportunity to express themselves on their hopes for the world we live in, and the possible solutions they see to the issues and challenges facing the planet. The winners will be announced in 2015, just before the UN Summit.

Project: #DrawDisability

Deadline is 15 July, 2015

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DrawDisability#DrawDisability is a global campaign launched by the United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative (GEFI) , in partnership with the Global Observatory for Inclusion (GLOBI) and the United Nations Global Education First Initiative Youth Advocacy Group (GEFI-YAG) . It aims to enhance awareness among children and youth on disability by inviting them to reflect on their understanding of the concept of disability and to portray, by drawing, how they see Persons with Disabilities (PWD) in their communities.