Winners of COP23 Youth Climate Video Competition Announced

Two young environmentalists whose films featured inspiring stories on the themes of climate resilient and friendly cities and oceans and climate change have been selected as the winners of the 2017 Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change, part of tvebiomovies 2017.  The competition is run by tve in partnership with UNFCCC as part of tvebiomovies 2017.

The winners, Adarsh Prathap from India and Younes Lamsaoui from Morocco, will travel to the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn in November and work with the communications team of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in covering the meeting as youth reporters. Their reports will be shared through tve‘s web and social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter).

The competition was launched in May by Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE), UN Climate Change secretariat, in partnership with tve and supported by the Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Programme, which is implemented by the UN Development Programme.

Two hundred and forty entries were submitted from young people in 94 different countries, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa said: “In Bonn, governments will advance work that is key to unlocking the full potential of the Paris Agreement. These negotiations must move forward with the well-being of all people in mind and with an understanding that action is happening around the world, but needs to go Further, Faster, Together. Our video competition is shedding a light on the many ways that young people are working towards a low-emission future that is resilient in the face of climate impacts.”

The video “Turning Green” by Younes Lamsaoui shows how Marrakech in Morocco is dealing with climate change and, and showcases the work he has been doing as a primary school teacher to teach children about environmental issues.

In his video entry “Let Mangroves recover”, Adarsh Prathap talks about the importance of mangroves and the needs to protect them for biodiversity and the protection against rising sea levels.

All of the entries to the competition can be viewed on the tvebiomovies website

Notes to editors

About tve
tve creates and enables others to create powerful, effective communications about the environment and development. Through film, animation, documentaries, debates and social media, the media charity reaches global audiences, giving a voice to a new generation committed to a greener and fairer world.

About the UNFCCC
With 197 Parties, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has near universal membership and is the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol has been ratified by 192 of the UNFCCC Parties.

The ultimate objective of both treaties is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system.

About GEF – Small Grants Programme
Established in 1992, the year of the Rio Earth Summit, the GEF Small Grants Programme embodies the very essence of sustainable development by “thinking globally acting locally”. By providing financial and technical support to projects that conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people’s well-being and livelihoods, SGP demonstrates that community action can maintain the fine balance between human needs and environmental imperatives.

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