Global youth video competition on climate change

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the UNDP/GEF Small Grant Programme teamed up once again with tve to launch a video competition for the best youth climate projects happening around the globe.

The competition is now closed to entries.  The winning and shortlisted films are now online for viewing,

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. We are asking young people to submit videos that showcase activities which contribute to climate friendly and resilient cities.

We were looking for videos which showcased:

  • 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 emissions;
  • building resilience to climate impacts such as heatwaves and floods, for example through planting tree, increasing green spaces and creating flood defences;
  • actions to increase public awareness, and to advocate change at the policy level regarding the need to reduce 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 presents a serious threat to many countries, for example higher levels of acidity from increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, as do rising sea levels.

Oceans absorb much of the temperature rise and 30% of the carbon dioxide produced by humans. And sea levels are on the rise, threatening coastal communities. We are asking for videos on actions people are taking to address challenges related to Oceans and waterways.

We were looking for videos which showcased:

  • the restoration of wetlands and mangroves which protect against storm surges and saltwater intrusion;
  • the construction of dykes and other defences against sea level rise;
  • the increase of scientific knowledge to improve 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

The prizes

The two winners receive the following prizes:

  • Round-trip travel to COP23 in Bonn, Germany, November 2017; and
  • Position as a youth reporter for COP23, responsible for assisting the UNFCCC Newsroom team with videos, articles and social media posts.


All films entered in the Global Youth Video Competition will remain available online for viewing as the tvebiomovies competition continues to run.

The Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change is co-organized by the UNFCCC secretariat and the UNDP-GEF Small Grants Programme.