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Global Youth Video Competition now open for applications


Added 26 May 2019


Young people from around the world are encouraged to submit videos for the 2019 Global Youth Video Competition showcasing positive solutions.

The three themes are Nature-based Solutions for Food and Human Health, Cities and Local Action to Combat Climate Change and Nature-Based Solutions to balance the use of land for people and ecosystems.

This fifth edition aims to mobilise global youth around the Climate Action Summit organized in September by the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres (below).

One winner will be selected per category. The three winners will attend the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Santiago, Chile, in December 2019 and the videos will be screened in front of a global audience at the conference. In addition, the videographers will have the opportunity to work with UN Climate Change’s communications team, covering highlights of the conference.

“Youth are powerful agents of change,” said UN Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa. “I am looking forward to see their energy and creativity reflected in all three themes of the competition this year which we have developed in close partnership with the Convention to Combat Desertification and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). I'm also looking forward to see the voice of youth reflected at the September Climate Action Summit and the December Climate Change Conference in Chile in many creative and impactful ways.”

antonio-guterresCBD Executive Secretary Cristiana Paşca Palmer said: “Young people have the capacity to influence adults and convince them to act now, and before it is too late. They have the drive and motivation to help find solutions to environmental challenges and transform damaging habits into beneficial actions for life on earth. The CBD has always encouraged youth to take action and bring innovative and creative solutions for biodiversity. I look forward to working with our sister Conventions in disseminating the youth’s messages about the three themes of the competition to actors at all levels.”

Entrants must be between 18 and 30 years of age and should submit a maximum three-minute video by July 28, 2019 on one of the themes outlined above dealing with nature-based solutions and local climate action.

Videos for the category Nature-based Solutions for Food and Human Health could present initiatives aimed at producing foods that preserve land, safeguard water resources and promote biodiversity; promote sustainable production and consumption of healthy and varied foods rich in vitamins and minerals; and support or promote traditional food cultures and knowledge. Examples could include the production of environmentally friendly, locally varied fruits and vegetables, promoting local food economies or procurement policies that support sustainable food systems, sustainable fishing practices, innovative ways to reduce food waste or incentivize  composting food scraps, reducing the use of pesticides and fertilizers, or campaigning to foster behavioral changes related to sustainable production and consumption, such as avoiding single-use plastics and consuming seasonal foods.

In the category Nature-Based Solutions to balance the use of land for people and ecosystems, submissions can include videos on the restoration of landscapes, natural habitats and other ecosystems, including forests, in addition to themes relating to emissions reductions from sustainable consumption, support for indigenous peoples and local communities to protect their communal lands, the use of sustainable land management techniques, both traditional and innovative, and supporting sustainable food production systems to improve the land and its biodiversity.  A selection of the videos will be shown at the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNCCD to be held from September 2 to 13 in New Delhi, India.

For the Cities and Local Action to combat Climate Change category, videos can feature initiatives that campaign to produce behavioral changes, that develop more sustainable commuting, that produce merchandise and food locally, that provide services to people affected by climate change, that reduce energy use in buildings, that reclaim green spaces, that create wealth from waste, or implement shared economy principles.

Judging panels comprising representatives of the three secretariats will pre-select a short list of videos in each category based on the criteria of content, innovation, originality, impact, and technical expertise. Pre-selected videos will then be posted online to be voted on by the public.

The 2019 edition of the Global Youth Video Competition is organised with the support from BNP Paribas Foundation. The competition will be implemented through the tve platform. (PR/SAT)


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