Pathways to a Culture of Peace: Global Contest for Mutual Understanding

More than 1,300 young people (from 14 to 25 years old) in 55 countries, registered to Pathways to a Culture of Peace: Global Contest for Mutual Understanding.

Pathways to a Culture of Peace is a contest launched at the international level through UNESCO’s networks and partners. It invites youth to express its experience of how peace and non-violence are or should be produced and reproduced day after day in various environments, what has come to be termed “everyday peace”.


1 - What are the objectives of the Contest?

  1. To promote a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence through the works submitted, which are to be developed upon a reflection on key-notions of peace and take the format of essays, photos, videos, graphic arts;
  2. To develop the sense of belonging to, and the responsibility towards humanity, while respecting the value of its plural identities;
  3. To share concrete experiences of everyday peace at individual, local, national, regional or international levels;
  4. To reinforce peace-making knowledge, skills and values among young people.

 2 – What does the Contest consists in?

The participants have until 21 March 2013 to submit a work at peace.contest(at), in a maximum of two of the four categories as follows:

  • ESSAY :  An Essay of a maximum of 500 words, submitted either in English or in French and presenting any type of life experience related to “everyday peace” (an original poetry, a piece of theatre, an interview of key-actors in peace, an illustration of some original ways to enhance everyday life…)
  • VIDEO CLIP: The video-clip should encourage young people to practice peace on a daily basis (at home, at school, at the University, in the street…). It must not exceed 1 minute, must be submitted in “AVI” format and captured by a digital camera, portable telephone or camcorder.
  • PHOTOGRAPHY: Participants who have chosen this category must provide an (electronic if possible) "album" containing 10 entitled photographs on the theme of "Culture of peace and non-violence”. They must send their albums in  .jpeg or .tiff format (300 dpi resolution).
  • GRAPHIC ARTS: Participants who have chosen this category must create and design an original logo on the theme of a "Culture of peace and non-violence". Works can be either in paper or electronic format and should be sent in PDF based on a A4 size (300 dpi resolution).


Works must express the views of young people based on the following “Peace Cloud”:


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The video clip, the logos and the photos must be accompanied with a text* explaining the choice of the young participants, and the logic linking their work to the theme of the Global Contest.

All results should be submitted to peace.contest(at), along with the Submission Form and the Permission Rights.

3 - What is the timeframe of the Contest? 

21/03/2013         Submission Deadline, International Day for the Elimination   of Racial Discrimination

21/05/2013         Announcement of the eight winners on the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

4 – What are the prizes?

Winners and short-listed contributions will be posted on the Internet, in a digital catalogue. A special web-platform will be maintained featuring inputs on the different pathways to reflect and to live peace. In addition to the public exposure offered by UNESCO and its partners, each of the 8 winners will receive a personal digital tablet.


*Less than 150 words for the graphic work and less than 300 words for the video-clip and the photographs.

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