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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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Metro Photo Challenge

Launch on 23 September, 2014

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MPC-comp-webOn 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.

Best Sustainable Development Practices in Food Security Competition

Deadline is 15 September, 2014

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The Best Sustainable Development Practices in Food Security (BSDP) competition is part of the Expo “Feeding Knowledge” program, launched in 2012 by Expo Milano 2015 with the objective of identifying priorities and key issues to reduce food insecurity. The Best Practices will be promoted through a technological platform, which will become part of the Expo 2015 legacy.

Who can apply?
The call is open to national and local government authorities, inter-governmental organizations, civil society, the private sector, research and academic bodies and public-private partnerships that can demonstrate effective and efficient approaches which have genuinely improved people’s quality of life.

 

'Smart Cities and Climate Change'

Deadline is 7 October, 2014

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ITU-challenge3The ITU have launched our third of several challenges this year, focused on ‘Smart Cities and Climate Change. The competition is open to 18-30 year-old young people from across ITU’s 193 member states.

Partnering with the World Health Organization (WHO) we are looking for innovative ideas on how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can help smart cities to slow down or mitigate the effects of climate change and thereby improve people’s health. This might include novel technologies or combinations of existing technologies, services, and systems which would shape a smart city. It may focus on monitoring or reporting on climate change, mitigating or adapting the impact of climate change on society, or on changes in technology and society that lead to a greener community.

PEACEapp

Deadline is 15 October, 2014

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peaceappPEACEapp is a global competition organized by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the United Nations Development Program in collaboration with Build Up to promote digital games and gamified apps as venues for cultural dialogue and conflict management.

You are invited to submit your entry now. The competition is open to three kinds of entries: (i) digital games and gamified apps developed purposefully for this competition; (ii) already existing digital games, and (iii) creative re-purposing of existing digital games to meet the aim of PEACEapp.

United Nations Political Cartoon Awards

Deadline is 15 November

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cartoonawards2013finThe United Nations, in its desire to promote the highest standard of excellence in political cartoons, has established this annual political cartoon award given in the international field, and named the award after political cartoonist Ranan Lurie.

Winning cartoons will be chosen for their high professional standards in art, political analysis of events, projection of events to come, humor, while emphasizing the spirit and principles of the U.N.

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