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UNESCO Clubs 2021 Worldwide Youth Multimedia Competition


USFUCA, UNESCO Center for Peace and World Genesis Foundation invite youth around the world to take part in this year’s Multimedia Competition.  Unparalleled connectivity put youth in one of the greatest positions to bring much needed change to the world.


UNESCO’s mission is to mobilize the optimism of youth to respond to an acute world problem to serve others now.    Last year, motivated participants from over 65 countries submitted over 600 projects in this highly rewarding contest.

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Submission Guidelines





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 January 1, 2020 and the final deadline is March  28, 2020. Judging will take place and final winners will be announced May 2020.


The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set in 2014 to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for everyone as part of a new sustainable development agenda are due for completion by 2030, less than 10 years away. In order for the goals to be reached, the United Nations has asked everyone to do their part, including companies and private citizens.

This year, the U.S. Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers and associations through its flag bearing UNESCO Center for Peace and the World Genesis Foundation are inviting students worldwide to help develop and propose a strategy to help the UN and all stakeholders to achieve the goals by 2030 as scheduled

  1. Please contact the relevant agencies in your country to documents the country strategy for achieving the SDGs, their up to date report and/or achievement to date.

  2. Based on finding, you may then develop and submit a Multimedia proposal outlining your strategy to help your country or region achieve its stated goal by 2030.

  3. What type of education program would you develop to teach knowledge, skills, values and attitudes needed to further on of the 17 SDG’s.

Entrants should respond in English 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. (Translations or subtitles for projects not submitted in English do not have to be perfect.)


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 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 May  2020 on USFUCA and UNESCO websites.



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.

Frequently Asked Questions

2018 FAQ

Q: Do you accept group submissions?

A: No.  Submissions should be submitted by one participant.


Q: How is the contest judged?

A: The competition will be judged by our international panel of judges. Judging will be done online via the Google Drive. Each judge will receive a randomly-selected number of submissions for each age group with the entrant’s name removed. When all votes have been submitted, the highest scores will be selected for the top 3. The other 7 will be the semi-finalists. Any discrepancies will be decided by the organizing team.


Q: What criteria will be used to select the winning essays? 

A: Judging will be based on a sliding scale of 1-10 (1 indicating needs improvement to 10 indicating exceptional) based on relevance, development, creativity, impact, and originality.


Q: Who are the Judges?

A: The international panel of judges will be selected and showcased on the official website.  These are 

college-educated professionals with experience in academia and / or the arts.


More Questions? Email us at with "Youth Contest Question" in the subject line.

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