2019 Call for contributions - Share your vision for water and peace

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Water has inspired creative expression across time and world civilizations. Water touches many aspects of our lives, while also fostering cooperation and strengthening international stability and conflict prevention.

Simultaneously, the empowerment of young people as agents of change all over the world is integral to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and more peaceful societies. However, young people are globally underrepresented in relevant institutions, organizations and decision-making processes, whereas, paradoxically, young people are disproportionately affected by inadequate access to safe drinking water and sanitation.

Young people have a lens on their future and a unique perspective on peace. For this reason, we are calling on all young water leaders – regardless of their medium – to inspire hearts and minds with work that speaks to the Blue Peace Movement, to present their work, and pay tribute to the shared flowing waters that bring peace.

This call for proposals has been designed to provide a place for reflection and creativity, as well as to enable young people to formulate messages as well as perspectives on water as an instrument for peace. It welcomes contributions from young people with varied backgrounds, interests, and experiences to share their visions of Blue Peace. Hydrologists with a penchant for photography or ballerinas with a passion for peace are all equally welcome. Academics are welcome to present their thesis in three minutes or in a format limited only by their imaginations.

Your perspective on peace

Drawing on your own experiences with water and peace, your own activism, projects, and advocacy actions – share your story of engaging with water as an instrument of peace in one of the following formats:

  • Music – a movement you have composed
  • Visual Art – a painting, photography, sculpture
  • Literature – short stories, poems, essays (2 500 words maximum)
  • Performing Arts – drama, monologue, dance
  • Modern media – animated videos, augmented reality, gifs

For example, if you are an academic, think of how to translate your water work into a medium that can be a resource that is easily shared and which gives visibility to conversations on water and peace.

Timeline

  • 9 July 2019 – Launch of Call
  • 20 August 2019 – Call closes
  • 1 October 2019 – Two finalists are announced per category
  • 15-17 October 2019 – Showcase of finalists, winner attends the Budapest Water Summit in 2019 (For flights costing and stay up to a max of $1,500 CDN)

How to apply

The call is open to youth aged 18 – 35 from 9 July to 20 August 2019. All project submissions received in that period will be admissible. Click here to fill out the application form.

Prize

The selected submissions will be presented during the 2019 Budapest Water Summit.* Two winning projects per-category will be featured on the Youth for Water and Peace platform.

*For flights and stay up to a max of $1 500 CDN

Contact

youthwaterpeace[at]gmail.com

This call for proposals is organized under the Youth for Water and Peace platform by the World Youth Parliament for Water (WYPW), the International Secretariat for Water – Solidarity Water Europe (ISW-SWE) and the Geneva Water Hub.

It is also made possible thanks to the contribution of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

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