The UN Launches Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change

The 2016 edition of the Global Youth Video Competition
The 2016 edition of the Global Youth Video Competition

What are you doing to combat the climate change? In order to get answers to this question – and to promote the debate about global warming, the UN launched yesterday a film competition. The Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change is open to 18 to 30 year olds and will award two winners with a trip to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, in November of this year. They will join the UN communications team as videographers and reporters.

The video competition is in its third edition. Last year, the closing ceremony of the competition took place in Marrakesh, during COP22, and was covered by Horyou blog. In 2016, the jury of the competition had the participation of renowned filmmakers as Bernardo Bertolucci, Fernando Meirelles (director of City of God and The Constant Gardener), and the French actor Christopher Lambert.

As for the 2017 edition, the organizers will accept videos submitted by August 18th, 2017.

The two categories for this year are:

  • Climate friendly and resilient cities
  • Oceans and climate change

Nick Nuttall, Spokesperson and Director of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, said: “I am excited about viewing the video shorts that young people from across the globe will be making and sending in, in order to win a place at the UN climate conference in Bonn in November”.

“With the Pacific island of Fiji presiding over the conference—COP23—I would like this year to especially urge young, creative people from small islands and vulnerable coastlines to get out their cameras and their smartphones and submit cool, amazing and inspirational videos about how they and their communities are taking climate action”, added Mr. Nuttall.

The third Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change is co-organized by the United Nations Climate Change secretariat, the UNDP GEF-Small Grants Programme –– and will be implemented through the Television for the Environment (tve) platform.

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