UNCCD Land for Life Youth Social Media Activists Challenge 2016 (Funded to attend UNCCD International Youth Events)

Application Deadline: October 31st 2016

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is a United
Nations body whose work focuses on global partnership to reverse and prevent
desertification and land degradation and mitigate the effects of drought through
sustainable land management in order to support poverty reduction and
environmental sustainability.

The Land for Life Youth Social Media Activists Challenge: “Are You the ONE?” campaign aims to recognize active, passionate and dedicated young people who are currently active in conserving natural resources and promoting such actions to their peers and local communities via social media. Winners’ initiatives, stories, experience and /or challenges encountered, ideas or solutions will be communicated and highlighted through UNCCD’s various communication channels such as social media platforms and website.

It is an Opportunity for individual and community projects / stories to get access to valuable networks and gain recognition from a worldwide audience. Thus we encourage all young people who are actively working for environmental justice to send us your initiatives and stories.Your stories could be in the form of short  documentaries, short videos, pictures, short stories, artistic work.
  • Open to young people who are aged between 16 to 40 years old, and belong to the
    group of young people who will play a decisive role in shaping the future
  • Young people who are passionate, dedicated and actively working to promote
    environmental justice; sustainable land management; natural resource management;and/or land conservation via different social channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, websites, YouTube, blogs, flicker, and other related social channels.
  • Bloggers, YouTubers, Journalists, Young Leaders, Teachers, Students, Artists,
    Celebrities, or young people who are active in social movements, community
    organizations, and are currently active promoting environmental issues
  • Young people or young activists who have been directly contributing to sustainable
    land management or environmental initiative and has inspired others to do the same
    through social media platforms.


  • Top 3 winners will be sponsored to attend a UNCCD International Youth Event co-organized with Future Forest 
  • Winners will be recognized as Land for Life Youth Social Media Activists for a period of one year and receiving a certificate.
  • Winners’ story will be published and promoted through UNCCD communication channels.
  • Winners will be invited to present their work at international events.
  • Winners will be expected to promote all UNCCD campaigns with their networks.


  • Deadline for submission: 31 October 2016
  • Selected nominees / applicants open for public voting: 14 – 27 November 2016**
  • Selection of 5 finalists by the UNCCD secretariat: 28 November – 10 December 201
  • Announcement of Top 3 Winners: 15 December 2016

Contact: [email protected]

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the UNCCD Land for Life Youth Social Media Activists Challenge 2016


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