Poster contest in support of WSIS+10

Shouldn’t we have the same power?” by wydden (France) - CC-BY-SA

UNESCO is pleased to announce the results of the poster contest “Freedom and Capacity of Knowledge” that was organized on the occasion of the Multistakeholder WSIS+10 Review Event to be held at UNESCO Headquarters from 25 to 27 February 2013.

A few months ago UNESCO challenged creative people from all over the world to send ideas of posters that would catch the importance of equal and shared knowledge creation in global development both visually (mixing photography, illustration and/or visual design) and textually (creating an inspiring tagline).

The competition ran from 28 August until 20 September 2012. Over this 3-week period more than 140 posters were sent in from all corners of the world. The eYeka editorial committee and UNESCO then picked 14 entries to be voted on in the final round and to designate the winner.

In the final deliberation round wydden’s entry “Shouldn’t we have the same power?” got crowned winner with seven votes. “The power of the battery is given by the knowledge. We should all have the same chance in front of knowledge, the same access, to make choices and have the energy to act.”

Second and third were voted “Knowledge must be accessible for everyone” by aurecrea and “Let’s knowledge – ignorance is colorless” by cportillo, with seven and six votes respectively.

Reflecting UNESCO values

Since its foundation, UNESCO has been at the heart of international thinking about the impact of the changing information and communication landscape.  As the United Nations’ specialized agency for education, sciences, culture and communication, it focuses on the potential for new technologies to advance development and enhance the rights of people around the world. The participants of the contest were asked to come up with a strong message that would reflect the importance of knowledge societies in bridging the digital divide and in contributing to sustainable development. You can read about the WSIS key issues here. >> More

Why WSIS+10?

UNESCO shaped the concept of “Knowledge Societies” in which people have capabilities not just to acquire information but also to transform it into knowledge and understanding, which empowers them to enhance their livelihoods and contribute to the social and economic development of their society. Within the post-WSIS process, UNESCO plays a threefold role as a lead facilitating agency and coordinator of the WSIS implementation at global level, as facilitator of the six WSIS Action Lines implementation entrusted to the Organization and as implementer of these Action Lines within the framework of its own programme and budget. With the deadline of the 2015 Millennium Development Goals coming closer, it is important to review and strengthen the engagements that have already been made by Governments, civil society organizations and the private sector and identify new fields of action. >> More about the consultation processes

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