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Global UN essay-writing tilt challenges high-school students to give life to sustainable devt goals

First place winner to get $2,500 cash prize and a $10,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall University in New Jersey, United States


The United Nations (UN) has opened a global essay-writing contest for high school students, with the first prize winner set to receive a $2,500 cash prize and a $10,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall University in New Jersey, United States ($2,500 annually).

This contest is being organized by the UN Academic Impact (UNAI),  UNAI member Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations, and the Education Outreach Section, of the UN Department of Public Information (UN DPI). This contest invites high school students to be part of the solution and serve the greater good by participating in a Sustainable Development (SDG) Challenge designed to engage students in thinking about the needs of society and the planet — encouraging them to be agents of change and embrace the SDGs.

Students around the world are invited to submit their 300 to 500 word statement that describes an innovative approach or idea for addressing any of the SDGs. They can present an idea aimed at creating awareness or change related to one or more of the goals. Proposals can be for a project, campaign or charity that will assist in attaining one or more of the goals. They can be local or global, with a focus on the students’ school, surrounding community, state or any country or region of the world. Submissions are asked to  briefly explain the idea and approach to implementing the idea; identify which UN. Sustainable Development Goal(s) this idea supports; and explain how the idea will contribute to attaining this goal(s).

The deadline for submission of entries is midnight (New York time) the night of March 27-28, 2016.

Finalists with the best ideas will win cash prizes and a scholarship to attend Seton Hall. The cash prize can assist in launching the idea or creating awareness about the sustainable development goal or region of the world that is most important to the submitter. The first place winner will receive a $2,500 cash prize and a $10,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall University ($2,500 annually). The second place winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize plus a $6,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall University ($1,500 annually). The other finalists will each receive a $4,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall University ($1,000 annually).

For contest rules and how to submit your entry, go to:

Read more about this contest:

For any questions, please contact: Ms. Teresa Debuque, National Information Officer, UN Information Centre (UNIC) Manila, at 632-3367720 to 22, 0917-5000622, or via email:

Deadline for Application extended to 8 March 2016: 2016 Reham Al-Farra (RAF) Memorial Journalists Fellowship Programme

The deadline for submission of applications to the Reham Al-Farra (RAF) Memorial Journalists Fellowship Programme has been extended to 8 March 2016. [See the note announcing the extension of the deadline on the RAF Programme website:]

The Programme provides journalists with an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the work of the United Nations. It is also an opportunity to meet journalists from other countries and exchange ideas with UN communication professionals.

Read more about the RAF Programme to see if you qualify.

Eligible candidates need to submit the following documents:

  1. Completed Application Form available online: answering ALL questions and providing all requested information.
  2. Photocopy of the passport
  3. Photocopy of the diploma or any certificates of professional training or workshop in journalism/broadcasting.
  4. A reference letter (on letterhead) from the current employer.
  5. Three samples of his/her work on topics related to the work of the UN (or links to online or audio visual stories)

All the above mentioned documents should be sent to RAF Programme Director, Mr. Zvi Muskal, via e-mail at: no later than 8 March 2016.

Selected journalists and broadcasters will spend four weeks at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, from 8 September through 5 October, 2016

Upon completion of the Programme, participants are expected to continue working in journalism or broadcasting and help promote better understanding of the United Nations in their home country.

Applicants must be aged between 22 and 35 and currently employed by a recognized media organisation, with several years of professional experience and oral and written fluency in English. The United Nations will cover the cost of a round trip ticket and a daily subsistence allowance. For further information, please visit

For any inquiries, please contact: Ms. Teresa L. Debuque, National Information Officer, UN Information Center Manila, at, or you may call at: 3367720 to 22.



Philippines celebrates 70th Anniversary of the United Nations

UN70: Strong UN. Better World

Manila, 23 October 2015 – ‘Strong UN. Better World.” is the global theme as the United Nations (UN) marks its 70th anniversary on 24 October 2015.  The UN Philippines in collaboration with the Government of the Philippines is holding a series of activities to celebrate seven decades of partnership.

“The year 2015 is momentous for the United Nations. The development agenda for the coming 15 years has just been agreed by Member States – including the Philippines – the 2030 Agenda encapsulated in the shape of Sustainable Development Goals or the Global Goals,” UN Philippines Resident Coordinator Ola Almgren said today in his welcome remarks in a Department of Foreign Affairs and UN joint event held at the SM Mall of Asia to celebrate UN70.  The event was joined by senior Government and UN officials, diplomats and dignitaries, partners and the media.

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UN launches search for 10 “Intercultural Innovation” Awardees

The ten best community-based organizations that are working to alleviate identity-based tensions and conflicts around the world using innovative methods will be chosen in the fourth Intercultural Innovation Award that is being organized by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and BMW Group. Candidates may apply online at on or before 30 September 2015 at 5:00pm in New York.

Awardees will be given a financial contribution to help their project expand and replicate, with a first prize of USD 40 000. They will also take part in a one-year support program that includes training and capacity-building, increased visibility, access to a network of change makers working in intercultural dialogue and ongoing project-specific mentoring.

“Honoring grassroots organizations that are deeply committed to improving relations across communities and people lies at the core of the Alliance’s work. That we are doing in this partnership with the BMW Group is further evidence of the innovative approaches we pursue,” said H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations. Added Mr. Bill McAndrews, Vice President Corporate Communications Strategy, Corporate and Market Communications at BMW Group, “Our commitment to the awardees extends beyond financial support to include every relevant resource we can offer. This can make the crucial difference in turning an idea into a reality that improves peoples’ lives.”

Launched in 2011, the Intercultural Innovation Award is the result of a unique public-private partnership between the UNAOC and BMW Group. With the overarching aim of helping people to help themselves, the two partners jointly mobilize their resources, time, and networks to support awardees. This new model of collaboration between the UN and the private sector creates deeper impact, as both partners provide their respective expertise to ensure the sustainable growth of each project. For the third edition of the Intercultural Innovation Award, more than 600 applications were received from over 100 different countries.

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UN and DFA call for applications to the Philippines’ first ever Model UN Academy

The United Nations (UN) in the Philippines, in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs – UN and Other International Organizations Division (DFA-UNIO), is calling for applications to the Philippines’ First-Ever Model UN Academy, to be held on 4-5 November 2015.

The Model UN Academy is a Training Programme for student leaders of colleges and universities all over the Philippines, whose objective is to equip them with the knowledge and skills to organize Model UN (MUN) Conferences in their respective colleges/universities.

The Philippines’ Model UN Academy is part of the year-long celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the United Nations (UN), or UN70.

What is a Model UN Conference?

A Model UN (MUN) Conference is a simulation of how the UN works, specifically through the General Assembly (GA), the UN Security Council (SC), and other UN decision-making bodies.

MUN Conferences are an outgrowth of simulations of the League of Nations that date back to the 1920‘s. The first time that a Model UN conference was co-sponsored by the UN was in August 2000 at UN Headquarters in New York. Almost a decade later, the UN Department of Public Information organized three Global Model UN (GMUN) Conferences in Geneva, Kuala Lumpur and Incheon from 2009-2011, respectively.

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Media Advisory: Calling professional and amateur journalists to join the Lorenzo Natali Media Contest

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Professional and amateur journalists, including bloggers–working online, on print, radio, TV and blogs–are invited to submit their work for the Lorenzo Natali Media Prize, by 31 August 2015. Winners will be awarded in Brussels in December 2015 and will receive a cash prize of 5000 euros, or over a quarter of a million pesos.

The Prize rewards outstanding contributions by journalists who report on development and eradication of poverty.
The Lorenzo Natali Media Prize will be awarded to one amateur and one professional journalist from the following five regions: Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Arab World, Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Asia and the Pacific.

An independent Grand Jury will also consider all the regional winners for the additional €5,000 Grand Prize. The winners will be revealed and honoured at an award ceremony in Brussels in December 2015.

Read about the Lorenzo Natali Media Prize:

To apply and to submit your work, go to:

MEDIA ADVISORY: World Humanitarian Day 2015 celebration in Manila

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International and local humanitarian partners to pay tribute to the achievements and sacrifice of aid workers worldwide and celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the world.


Mark Bidder, Acting Head, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – Philippines

Gwendolyn Pang, Secretary General, Philippine Red Cross (PRC)

Tessa Prieto, PRC Celebrity Volunteer and Fundraiser

Pinky Marquez, PRC Celebrity Volunteer

Princess Manzon, Director of Campaigns and Advocacy, Miss Earth Foundation

Harry Morris, Member of Philippine Volcanoes Rugby Team


Wednesday, 19 August at 4:00-6:30pm


SM Megamall Atrium (2nd floor), Mandaluyong City, Manila

Humanitarians to call for public action to join global #ShareHumanity campaign and premiere SURGE film to showcase resilience programmes in the Philippines

UN agencies, international NGOs and the Red Cross movement will call for public action to join #ShareHumanity social media campaign to share inspiring stories of aid workers and communities affected by natural disasters and conflicts worldwide.

The event will premiere a film by Scaling Up Resilience in Governance (SURGE) project, which helps high-risk communities of the Philippines to build resilience to disasters. The film will showcase effective disaster risk reduction practices around the country. Participating agencies will share moving examples of their humanitarian operations in the country and how one can take action to support the movement

Expected photo opportunities: Pinky Marquez and Tessa Prieto to call participants to join #ShareHumanity social media campaign and share their story of humanitarian work in the Philippines. Harry Morris and Princess Manzon to introduce the SURGE film.

Contact: Madoka Koide, Associate Humanitarian Affairs Officer, UNOCHA Philippines, +63 2 843 7688 (office), +63 917 597 4722 (mobile),