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Global Youth Video Competition 2019

From 24 May to 28 July 2019, young people from around the world can showcase their actions to combat climate change by submitting a video to the fifth edition of the Global Youth Video Competition.

In 2019, the Video Competition is jointly organized to broaden the scope of entries and mobilize the global youth along the lines of the Global Climate Action Summit called in September by the United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres. It is led by the Secretariats of the three environmental conventions, the United Nations Climate Change (UNFCCC), Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD), and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), in partnership with the Global Environment Facility-United Nations Development Programme Small Grants Programme (UNDP/GEF SGP),  Television for Environment (tve) and BNP Paribas Foundation. The short-listed videos will be showcased through the Youth Climate Report map.

This year’s Global Youth Video Competition is divided into 3 categories: Cities and local action to combat climate change; Nature-based solutions for food and human health; Balancing use of land for people and ecosystems. Each Convention is responsible for one of the three categories. One winner will be selected from each category.

The final three winners will be invited to attend the UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid, Spain (COP 25). Their videos will be presented in front of a global audience, and the winners will be afforded the opportunity to work with the UN Climate Change's communications team covering highlights of COP25.

To participate in the competition, it is necessary to be between 18 and 30 years old and submit a maximum 3-minute video on one of the 3 categories. To learn more about this year's competition, and find the application portal, click here.

Winners of the 2018 Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change

Two young climate activists from India and Mexico were selected as the winners of the 2018 competition, out of 306 videos submitted from over 100 countries. 

Vikas was the winner from India for the category "Green and climate friendly jobs”, with the video “Step Forward, Be Eco Friendly, Go Green”. The video shows how modern farmers in India using  simple and eco-friendly techniques to conduct sustainable farming under climate change.

Sofia from Mexico won the category “Responsible production and consumption" with the video “Eco Urban”.  The video highlights the role that ONG has been taken in the integral development of the society, promotion of the sustainable development and the defense of human rights in Mexico City.

Youth Climate Report GIS Map

The map below is part of the Youth Climate Report film project that has been providing a voice for global youth to the COP climate conferences since 2011. The map was created by Dr. Mark Terry, a Professor of Environmental Studies at York University in Toronto, Canada, as a digital archive of global youth initiatives and climate research. The map is added to every year and serves as a platform to showcase climate action being taken by youth all around the world. Entries from the competition can be observed on the map.