UNESCO 2016 Worldwide Youth Multimedia Competition

Publish Date: Dec 09, 2015

Deadline: Jan 16, 2016

UNESCO 2016 Worldwide Youth Multimedia Competition

UNESCO, the U.N. organization that brings grass roots initiatives in Education, Science, and Culture, invites youth around the world to take part in this year’s Multimedia Competition.  The natural optimism and unparalleled connectivity put youth one of the greatest positions to bring much needed change to the world. UNESCO’s mission is to mobilize youth to purposefully use their talents to serve others now,  ensuring even greater impact on the future to come.


Juniors - ages 10-14;  Youth - ages 15-19; and Young Adult - ages 20-24


A 3-minute video, multimedia presentation, 500-700 written essay, art work or any method that channels a specific passion that answers the prompt


The contest starts Nov. 16, 2015 and the final deadline is Jan. 16, 2016. Judging will take place between Jan. 17 and Feb. 17, and final winners will be announced Feb. 18.


Choose one of the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals and develop your solution to accomplish this aim. Click any goal above for details on each goal.  Entrants should respond by making a 3-minute multimedia production, 500-700 word written essay, art work or any method that channels a specific passion in answering the prompt.


There will be 7 semifinalists for each age group who will receive a certificate. The three finalists in each age group will receive an official plaque engraved with their name and a certificate. They will have an invitation to UNESCO’s Builders of the Universe Camp held during the summer of 2016 at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, USA. The invitation will include a scholarship for the fee for the camp, food, accommodations, and transport to and from the airport. Airfare is not included.  There will be a special ceremony held for contest winners at the camp.  In addition, the top 9 winners will be recognized and showcased in global events during the year. This is a tremendous opportunity for youth to build leadership skills, learn how the United Nations conducts itself, and meet youth from around the world.  Winners will be publicized on Feb. 18, 2016 on USFUCA and UNESCO websites.

Submission Rules

Make sure your entry follows the submission guidelines prior to submitting:

  • The work has to be relevant to the question.

  • Your work must be original.

  • All participants need to fill out the Submission Form.

  • Please make sure your essay satisfies the following formatting criteria:

    •  12 point Times New Roman

    • Double-spaced

    • 1 inch margins all around

    • 500-700 words in English in MLA format.

  • Videos must be 3-minutes maximum.

  • Images of 3-dimensional art will be accepted.  You must complete the 100 word explanation of your work on the Submission Form.

Click here for the submission form.

If the link does not work, email your entry to YouthContest@unescousa.org with "2016 UNESCO YMC" and your own name as the subject line.

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