2015 Climate Change Storytelling Contest

While climate change is a global phenomenon, it is hitting the world’s poorest regions - and most marginalized communities - the hardest. These changing conditions are impacting human health, economic activity, and are threatening basic human rights including access to water and food security. Climate change is already affecting local communities in low and middle income countries but stories on the negative impacts as well as on the solutions that governments, communities and individuals are implementing often get lost in the global climate change debate.

To fill that gap, UNDP launched in 2015 a story telling contest on climate change to contribute to raising public awareness on the negative impacts of climate change on people and communities as well as on the opportunities and solutions seen in actions by individuals and governments in vulnerable developing countries.

The contest provided young journalists 35 years of age and under in developing countries a unique opportunity to contribute to the global debate on climate change in the run-up to COP21, while building their capacity, and providing recognition for excellence. Authors of the top five stories were funded to attend and cover COP21.

Stories, once screened, scored and published on UNDP’s website, were disseminated through partners’ channels to ensure maximum outreach and exposure. A common hashtag – #Voices2Paris – facilitated social media integration by all partners, helping to amplify the dissemination. All materials were creative commons, encouraging further media outlets and people everywhere to make maximum use of the stories told and photos gathered.

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