UNFCCC Global Youth Video Competition 2017 (Win a trip to Bonn, Germany)


Deadline: August 18, 2017

Submit your entries for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Global Youth Video Competition 2017. Share the inspiring actions you are taking to combat climate change in a compelling and concise maximum three minute video. UNFCCC would like applicants to display a project or campaign they are involved in; one that relates to one of this year’s categories.

Category 1: Climate friendly and resilient cities

3.5 billion people live in cities today and their populations will continue to increase in the coming decades, especially in developing countries. Cities account for 60-80% of energy consumption and 75% of carbon emissions.

Developing sustainable cities and communities is one of the key components in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the inevitable impacts of climate change. They are requesting young applicants to send in videos that showcase activities which contribute to climate friendly and resilient cities.

They are looking out for videos which demonstrate:

  • the implementation of climate friendly solutions/ideas about how to promote sustainability in urban areas/communities; including clean energy, clean transportation, community gardening, stepping up recycling and waste reduction, and other projects to reduce gaseous emissions;
  • building resilience to climate impacts such as heatwaves and floods, for example through tree planting, increasing green spaces and building flood defenses;
  • actions to increase public awareness, and to advocate change at the policy level concerning the need to minimize greenhouse gas emissions and to build resilience.

Category 2: Oceans and climate change

Oceans contain 97% of the planet’s water, employ over 200 million people and are the primary source of protein for 3 billion people. The degradation of oceans therefore present serious threats to the human population.

Oceans absorb much of the temperature rise and 30% of the carbon dioxide produced by humans, this is leading to increasing levels of acidity. Sea levels are also on the rise and threaten many coastal communities. They are asking for videos on actions youth are taking to address challenges related to oceans and waterways.

They are looking out for videos which show:

  • the restoration of wetlands and mangroves which shield against storm surges and saltwater intrusion;
  • the construction of dykes and other embankments against sea level rise;
  • the increase of scientific knowledge to enhance ocean health;
  • activities which increase public awareness about the need to build resilience with regard to oceans and ways to reduce CO2 emissions so that oceans are better protected.


  • A round trip to COP23 in Bonn, Germany in November 2017;
  • Position as a youth reporter at COP23, where you will assist the UNFCCC Newsroom team with videos, articles and social media posts;
  • All entries will be showcased on a global map which will be exhibited on the UNFCCC’s web page.


  • Participation is open to everyone around the world between the ages of 18 and 30

Application Process

  • Make an engaging maximum of three minute video, using whatever type of camera you have available, about your activities and submit in online to tvebiomovies.