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Competition and other notices related to the work of the United Nations

UN calls for nomination for 2017 Public Service Awards

New York, February 13, 2017 – The United Nations is calling for nominations for the 2017 UN Public Service Awards (UNPSA).  The call which closes on 28 February 2017, is open to all public organizations, including governments and public institutions engaged in public-private partnerships for delivering services.

It aims to promote and recognise innovation and excellence in public services supporting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Awards will be handed out on 23 June 2017, a day designated by the UN General Assembly as the UN Public Service Day and the Awards ceremony will take place during the UN Public Service Forum in The Hague, Netherlands.

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The Efua Dorkenoo Pan African Award for Reportage on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Building on their expertise and extensive networks on the ground, and following the Secretary-General’s announcement of October 2014, UNFPA and The Guardian have created the Efua Dorkenoo Pan African Award for Reportage on FGM. Efua Dorkenoo was a determined campaigner against FGM who fought for more than 30 years to protect the health and human rights of girls and women. Born and raised in Ghana, she moved to London at age 17 and dedicated her career as a health professional, expert on women’s health and activist to ending FGM.  

The Efua Dorkenoo Pan African Award for Reportage on FGM is intended to recognize the outstanding efforts of journalists reporting in print, radio and multimedia on FGM across Africa. The competition will be extended to other parts of the world in the coming years.

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International Day of Peace student design and essay contest new deadline: 21 August 2015

New York, July 30, 2015 – Young people between the ages of 5 and 18 are invited to submit their entries in a writing and drawing competition, organized by the Permanent Representation of the International Organisation of La Francophonie to the United Nations in New York and the UN Department of Public Information.   The aim of the competition is to enable young people illustrate the value of peace or how cultural diversity contributes to peace. Please download the competition flyer for further information and how to submit your entries.

Many Languages, One World Essay contest- DEADLINE APRIL 15

Accra, 31 March 2015 – Organized by ELS Educational Services, Inc., and the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), Many Languages, One World was created to promote multilingualism and the continued study of the six official languages of the United Nations, and to bring global-minded young scholars from all over the world together to engage in dialogue about global issues and initiatives.

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Write an essay (2,000 words or less) discussing the post-2015 global development agenda, in the context of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, and the definition of new goals reflecting the imperative of global sustainable development that recognizes, and is enriched by, cultural and linguistic diversity.

You must be a full-time university student and must be 18 years of age or older by April 15, 2015. Your participation must be sponsored by a faculty member or authorized representative at the university you are currently attending. Read the contest flyer carefully for details on the contest rules and more.

Social Innovators Challenge for Children launched

Accra, February 26, 2015 – UNICEF and the EU, in partnership with “Reach for Change’ have launched the iMAGINEGhana – an opportunity for social entrepreneurs and innovators to contribute to the improvement of the situation of children in Ghana.    Protection from violence, abuse and exploitation of children is one theme that we hope can attract social innovators.

iIMAGINEghana ArtworkiMAGINE Ghana is inviting partners and individuals who are interested and truly connected to the communities and the challenges that this initiative is seeking.

The deadline for the submission of application is Midnight, 31 March 2015.

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2015 International Letter-Writing Competition urges youth to describe the world they want to grow up in

Berne, Switzerland, February 12, 2015 – As young people gather this week for the Youth Assembly at the United Nations (UN), the Universal Postal Union (UPU) is asking budding writers to describe the world they envisage for the future as part of its 44th International Letter-WritingCompetition for Young People.

Letter twriting competition photoThe competition’s 2015 theme, “Write a letter about the world you want to grow up in”, links to the post-2015 sustainable development goals, expected to be adopted next September by UN member states to further progress achieved with the 2000-2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Young people’s involvement will be key in transitioning from the MDGs to the new sustainable development goals.

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2015 United Nations Fellowship Program for Journalists Application

Accra, February 11, 2015 – The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists is now accepting applications from professional journalists from developing countries for its 2015 fellowship program. The application deadline is March 16, 2015.

The fellowships are available to radio, television, print and web journalists, age 25 to 35, from developing countries who are interested in coming to New York to report on international affairs during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly.  The fellowships will begin in early September and extend to late November and will include the cost of travel and accommodations in New York, as well as a per diem allowance.

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Call for application to participate in model UN in Tokyo

Accra, June 18, 2014 – A call for applications to participate in a MUN workshop has been announced.  The workshop is being organized in Tokyo, Japan from 22-24 November 2014 in partnership with Meiji University and United Nations Information Centre, Tokyo,  It aims at examining how Model UN simulations can more accurately capture the negotiation process as it commonly occurs at the UN. Thus, the session will focus on giving students and MUN advisors a basic understanding of the General Assembly’s Rules of Procedure, the discussion and action phases of General Assembly Committee meetings, what you need to know when drafting resolutions, the duties and responsibilities of the UN Secretariat and General Assembly officials, the negotiation process that takes place during informal meetings, how consensus is achieved, the Security Council’s Provisional Rules of Procedure, and much more.

This workshop is being supported by the Education Outreach Section within Department of Public Information of the UN following the success of three Global Model UN Conferences from 2009-2011. Starting in August 2012 when the Education Outreach Section organized its first Model UN Workshop for students and MUN advisers who organize MUN conferences around the world, it has run workshops in Vienna, Baku, and Seoul. This year, training sessions are being organised in Rome, Doha, Beijing and Tokyo.

The Tokyo workshop is open to international students. All information concerning the process and eligibility requirements is available on the UN4MUN website

Call for Video Entries: PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival on Migration, Diversity and Social Inclusion

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM)  invite YOU to submit original and creative videos focusing on PLURAL+ themes: Migration, Diversity and Social inclusion.

PLURAL+ supports young people’s expression of their opinions by providing them with a variety of media platforms and distribution networks, including broadcasts, video festivals, conferences and events around the world. PLURAL+ not only provides young people with an effective platform to express themselves on key migration and diversity issues, but also reinforces the firm belief of IOM and UNAOC that youth are powerful and creative agents of social change.

A prestigious international jury will select three winners in each age category (9-12, 13-17, 18-25). International Jury winners will be invited to New York, all travel expenses paid, to present their work at the PLURAL + 2014 Awards Ceremony at the Paley Center for Media in December 2014.

PLURAL+ partner organizations will also award other prizes and professional opportunities, such as winning participants presenting their work at film and video festivals, conferences and events around the world.

The PLURAL+ 2014 deadline for video submission is 27 June, 2014. Further information, including guidelines, regulations, awards, and the entry form can be found at the PLURAL+ website at:

Download the information sheet for details on how to enter.