UNDP Climate Change Storytelling Contest 2015 – Win a trip to Paris for COP21

UNDP Climate Change Storytelling Contest 2015 – Win a trip to Paris for COP21

Deadline: October 11, 2015

Entries are invited for the 2015 UNDP Climate Change Storytelling Contest. The UNDP story telling contest on climate change aims 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 provides young journalists 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 two stories will be funded to attend and cover COP21.


Following selection, different stories will be published every day from 2nd to 29th November. The two winning journalists will cover the climate conference in Paris.


They are looking for journalists 35 years of age and under from developing countries vulnerable to the impact of climate change who:

  • Are already engaged in public writing through an official media outlet
  • Have a strong interest in reporting on climate change as a contribution ­– locally and internationally – towards greater public awareness on this critical global topic
  • Are eager to seize an opportunity to build their journalistic capacity and contribute to COP21
  • Have a high standard of working English

Judging Criteria

A selection panel will review all entries and score them according the following criteria:

  • Technical aspects (grammar, style, punctuation, etc.)
  • Substance (accuracy of climate change information)
  • How well the story is told
  • Pictures
  • Dissemination and potential impact on public debate

How to Enter

  • First, applicants should send an email to [email protected] indicating their intention to participate as soon as they can so that we can share relevant information on climate change that could help their coverage.

Journalists need to submit a story featuring the impact of climate change in their country and/or solution(s) that are implemented to reduce emissions or adapt to climate change.

Journalists also need submit the following:

  • An application form.
  • Story including five pictures
  • Scanned copy of print article certified by editor or link to the online media page attesting of the effective publication of the story
  • Letter from editor confirming the interest and tentative date of publication (if the story is not published by October 11th)

The deadline to submit an entry is October 11th 2015, with early submission encouraged. Write your best climate change story and get an opportunity to join and cover COP21!

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

For more information, visit  UNDP Climate Change Storytelling Contest.