Category Archives: Competition

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

14th St. Jerome Translation Contest announced

Following up on the commemoration of International Translation Day, celebrated every year on 30 September, the Conference Management Service of the United Nations Office at Vienna is pleased to announce the launch of the fourteenth edition of the St. Jerome Translation Contest.

It serves to celebrate multilingualism within the United Nations and highlights the important role that translators and language professionals play in the work of the United Nations and in the world at large. Read more about the competition and eligibility requirement: 

Applications invited for Journalism Fellowship at UN Headquarters

New York – The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists is now accepting applications from professional journalists for its 2019 fellowship program. 

The fellowships are available to radio, television, print and web journalists, age 25 to 35, who are interested in reporting from New York during the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly. 

Visit for details. The deadline for application is March 1, 2019

1st Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin Annual Lecture & Essay Competition

Accra 4 June 2018 – Entries are invited for the First Professor Babatunde Osotimehin Annual Essay Competition (PBOC). In honour of the life, times and work of the late professor of clinical pathology, former Nigerian Minister of Health and Executive Director of UNFPA between 2011 and 2017, young people are invited to submit entries on the theme- “Comprehensive Sexuality Education for the Adolescent Girl in Ghana”.

The essay competition seeks to enrich conversation and research on the continual and untiring quest for brilliant solutions as a means to drive the much desired demographic dividends. Top 10 essay entries from the competition will be compiled into an anthology and launched during the award ceremony, which will be held in Accra in the margins of the African Girls Summit scheduled for August 2018.

Prizes will be awarded to three individuals with the most outstanding essays.

  • Winner will be awarded the sum of Five Thousand Ghana Cedis and a sponsored trip to attend the Family Planning Conference in Rwanda later this year.
  • First Runner up will be awarded the sum of Three Thousand Ghana Cedis and an iPad.
  • Second Runner up will be awarded the sum of Two Thousand Ghana Cedis, and a Smart Phone.

Read further for the guidelines for essay entries. 

Call for Applications – Young Leaders for the SDGs

New York, 13 October 2017 – The United Nations Youth Envoy has announced the call for applications for the next class of Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals to unearth 17 of the world’s greatest young changemakers, innovators, and ground-breakers!

Who can apply?

Young people who are genuinely leading fantastic initiatives which support the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals. They might be a chef, a designer, a campaigner or a blogger. They might know all about the Goals or nothing at all. The important thing is that they are leading an exciting initiative that helps to meet one of the Goals.

Young Leaders must be aged 18-30 by 31 December, 2017.

Successful candidates will be selected based on the following considerations:

  • Their demonstrated achievements in promoting and advancing sustainable development and youth participation;
  • Their personal influence within their respective fields and reputation for inclusive and innovative leadership;
  • The ability to command an audience, influence their contemporaries and inspire their constituents;
  • Their demonstrated integrity, commitment to the SDGs and core values of the UN

For further information, please read the announcement flyer.

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.

Please read further for more information. 

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.

Visit to apply.