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Write, Design or Make a Video

Present your take on the Sustainable Energy Solutions that can be adopted to achieve SDG 7 by 2030

It's 2021 and we're just 9 years away from achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It's all hands on deck for everyone now and how! The world is looking for storytellers, young and old, to express opinions, create awareness and inspire everyone from every corner of the world to participate in the positive action towards achieving the SDGs. The Youth for VEF Challenge, an initiative of Worldview Education & the Vienna Energy Forum, is a call out to Gen-Z writers, poets, film-making enthusiasts and graphic designers to put forward a compelling case, story, or a graphic design, guided by the motto “where action meets ambition”, about how we can accelerate the energy transition to achieve Affordable & Clean Energy by 2030.

Youth for VEF

What is it?

The Vienna Energy Forum (VEF), organised by UNIDO, IIASA and the Austrian Government, is a biennial global, multi-stakeholder forum to explore developmental challenges within the realm of sustainable energy. The Vienna Energy Forum 2021 will feature the first-ever Youth Forum (Youth for VEF), hosted in partnership with the SDG7 Youth Constituency, in an effort for youth to take the lead and become agents of change

Topic

What would 2030 look like if we adopt sustainable energy solutions? What actions can you do and are you doing to drive change?

What challenges are you facing? Are you worried if your education is sufficient to get a quality job? Do you feel that energy policies and investments are inclusive of young women and men? What would 2030 look like if we adopt sustainable energy solutions? What actions can you as a young person take to drive change? 

The world is dealing with a plethora of problems with global warming and the forefront. The energy consumption of the world is still primarily dependent on non-renewable resources like fossil fuels and coal. Energy transition implies the switch of dependency from non-renewable sources to renewable ones. This transition can be accelerated through innovation in technology, investment in clean infrastructure among other things. 

In your submission, make sure to identify the problem you (your local or global community, country) are facing. Explain how the energy transition and achievement of the SDG 7 will solve the these challenges and how it will affect you and your community. Make sure to express well your proposed solution. Above all, be creative and let your own self shine through!

Categories

You can submit for one or more categories

Graphic Design

Design and submit an original poster or artwork on the topic.

Creative Writing

Submit a poem, essay or short story about the topic in not more than 1500 words.

Short Film/Documentary

Submit a 2 to 4 min original short film, video presentation in any format or style.

Awards

Winners will get an opportunity to present their writing, graphic design or video at the virtual Vienna Energy Forum hosted by UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in July, 2021.


The Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) will gather leaders from governments, civil society, international organizations and the private sector, in an aim to push the development of inclusive and sustainable solutions through technological innovation.



Note:

  • One winner will be selected from each category (THREE winners in all)

  • The top 10 submissions will be featured on the UNIDO and Worldview websites and social media platforms.

  • All participants will receive online participation certificates from Worldview & UNIDO.

  • Decision on awards will be irreversible and solely under the discretion of the Jury, consisting of experts from Worldview , UNIDO and the SDG 7 Youth Constituency.

FAQ

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  • When will I know the results of The Youth for VEF Challenge?

    Winners will be announced on Worldview social media handles on June 30th, 2021. Winners will be contacted for next steps.

  • How many entries will be selected?

    One winner will be selected from each category (THREE winners in all) The top 10 submissions will be featured on Vienna Energy Forum and Worldview websites and social media platforms. All participants will receive online participation certificates from Worldview & UNIDO. Decision on awards will be irreversible and solely under the discretion of the Jury, consisting of experts from Worldview, UNIDO and the SDG 7 Youth Constituency.

  • Who can participate in this challenge?

    This challenge is open to students across the worldbetween the age 13 to 23 yrs. This contest is open to participants applying individually.

  • What are the submission rules for Short Film/Documentary?

    Submit your videos in .AVI, .MOV or .MP4 formats Duration: 2 – 4 minutes. Any device can be used to shoot the video (camera or phone). You can also create an animated video or use photographs and captions to create a visual slideshow. Background recording or narration should be clearly audible. For any music being used, please adhere to its respective copyright guidelines. The films will be judged on multiple aspects including originality, creativity, production, etc. The final winner will be decided by the jury. Each video should be accompanied by a brief write-up describing the participant’s thought.

  • What are the submission rules for Creative Writing?

    This category includes essay writing, poetry as well as short stories. Word limit: up to 1500 words Format: Word (.DOCX) or .PDF. The submissions will be judged on multiple aspects including originality, creativity, etc. The final winner will be decided by the jury.

  • What are the submission rules for Graphic Design?

    Submission Format: Either open files (.AI, .PSD) or exported files (.PNG, .JPG or .PDF). A document explaining the rationale must be submitted along with the design The document will not be used to evaluate the participant’s work. It will be used by the judges to understand the context. The submissions will be judged on multiple aspects including originality, creativity, etc. The final winner will be decided by the jury.

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