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UNertia Promo Video Competition: Help Us Tell Young People’s Stories about Sustainability

“And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.” Libba Bray, American author


UNESCO Bangkok is inviting Asia-Pacific youth to create promotional videos for our UNertia sustainability campaign as we get ready for the launch of its second phase.

Two Nikon cameras will be given awarded to the first and second prize winners in the competition which concludes on 22 November. Full entry details here.


UNertia aims to connect the idea of “sustainable development” to the everyday realities of Asia-Pacific youth. It aims to serve as a platform for the region’s young people to tell their stories about the environments they live in, both the physical – the challenges to a greener future common to all countries, for example – and social, where exclusion for a wide variety of reasons often poses a barrier to sustainable social development.

During its first phase, more than 100 young people from 48 schools and groups showcased the actions they were taking to promote environmental sustainability, from cleaning up beaches to creative means of making their schools and homes greener.

The UNertia website has been redesigned for its second phase, which calls on young people in the region to share their stories of social exclusion – whether it be because of sexual orientation or gender identity, physical challenges, poverty, or one of myriad other factors that marginalize our region’s young.


The stories of young people struggling with these challenges are too often absent from the very policy and development discussions that could shape better, more inclusive futures.

UNertia phase two aims to change that by collecting stories of young people facing social exclusion or overcoming it, which can be shared through text, videos or photos.

The aim is to encourage governments to improve policies on youth using not only statistical data, but also taking into account the stories of the young people they directly impact. The responses collected via the UNertia social inclusion platform provide UNESCO with evidence that current youth policies aren’t working and outlines faults that must be addressed.

Given the potential sensitivity of the stories being shared, contributors will have the option to keep their contributions from being publicly shared, though we would encourage public sharing in the spirit of drawing attention to these important issues facing young people.

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