UN Climate Press Release / 22 Sep, 2015
Winners of COP21 Youth Climate Video Competition Announced

Bonn/London, 22 September 2015 - Two young climate activists from Nepal and Uganda who have told compelling stories of youth engagement to combat climate change have been chosen as the winners of the 2015 Global Youth Video Competition.

The winners, Saraswati Upadhaya from Nepal and Charles Batte from Uganda will travel to the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris at the end of the year and work with the communications team of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in covering highlights of the meeting.

The competition was launched by Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE), UNFCCC secretariat, in partnership with Television for the Environment (tve) and supported by the Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Programme, which is run by the UN Development Programme.

Young people between the ages of 18 and 30 were called upon to participate. Entries were submitted from young people in 60 different countries, from Kenya to the United States.

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres said:

I would like to congratulate the winners and thank all the young people who sent in videos showcasing all the rich and fascinating ways in which they are taking concrete action in their communities. I am sure this, our first video competition on youth solutions to climate change, will contribute to growing world-wide momentum for change that is assisting to build confidence before Paris and will sweep us along beyond the inking of the new agreement into a climate safe century".

The video “Small Efforts for Big Change” by Saraswati Upadhaya shows the vulnerability of regions in Nepal that need to deal with the impacts of climate change such as diminishing water supplies, and how local communities deal with the problem.

The young activist also highlights her efforts to communicate her knowledge of climate change to children at local schools.

In his video entry, Charles Batte portrays the “Tree Adoption Uganda” project which helps to combat climate change through tree planting. The project involves individual companies planting trees and provides employment for youth.

All of the entries to the competition can be viewed here.

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About tve
tve works with filmmakers and partners worldwide to make and distribute films that put the environment and sustainability on the global agenda. From aspiring filmmakers documenting the challenge of e-waste disposal to major corporations showcasing innovation, tve helps to give a voice and a platform to a new generation of filmmakers who want to see a greener and fairer world. tve films are broadcast to hundreds of millions of viewers, screened to audiences ranging from policymakers to rickshaw drivers, and viewed online worldwide. Our films inspire change.

About GEF – Small Grants Programme
Established in 1992, the year of the Rio Earth Summit, the GEF Small Grants Programme embodies the very essence of sustainable development by "thinking globally acting locally". By providing financial and technical support to projects that conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people's well-being and livelihoods, SGP demonstrates that community action can maintain the fine balance between human needs and environmental imperatives.