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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.

#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

Ready, set, click: guest photographer contest

Deadline is 31 January, 2015

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Ready, Set, Click: European Parliament PhotoCompetition (#EYD2015)Take part in a new guest photographer contest, inspired by 2015 being the European Year for Development. Every month until September the European Parliament will be announcing a different topic linked to development. Send in your photo inspired by the theme of that month, along with the submission form and you could be invited to Strasbourg to make a photo reportage.

ITU Telecom World Young Innovators Competition

Deadline is 1 May 2015

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Young InnovatorsThe International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World Young Innovators Competition is looking for young social entrepreneurs using innovative ICT-based ideas to encourage entrepreneurship in local communities around the world. These efforts can encourage entrepreneurs in any field, through incubation, skill building, mentorship, sharing resources and collaboration between small businesses. Participants can have either an established start up or the concept for a new one.

Two winners will be invited to join ITU Telecom World 2015 in Budapest, Hungary, October 12-15, 2015 to pitch their ideas, participate in workshops, benefit from a year of ongoing mentorship, and win seed funding.


#soils4life Instagram contest

Deadline is 17 May 2015

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#soils4life Instagram contestThis year, soils are at the centre of global attention. As part of the International Year of Soils, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are turning to you to help them highlight the importance of sustainable soil management.

They are launching the #soils4life contest on Instagram to share photos related to soils, their potential, their functions, but also instances of exploitation or abuse to help draw attention to the myriad of issues concerning this valuable resource.


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