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Applications Invited for the YouthLeadSDG14 Action Challenge

Applications Invited for the YouthLeadSDG14 Action Challenge

Organization: Commonwealth Secretary-General and the Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network (CYCN)

Apply By: 08 Dec 2022

Grant Amount: 1000 Pound

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About the Organization

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 56 independent and equal countries.

It is home to 2.5 billion people, and includes both advanced economies and developing countries. 32 of our members are small states, including many island nations.

Our member governments have agreed to shared goals like development, democracy and peace. Our values and principles are expressed in the Commonwealth Charter.

The Commonwealth's roots go back to the British Empire. But today any country can join the modern Commonwealth. The last two countries to join the Commonwealth were Gabon and Togo in 2022.

The Commonwealth is often described as a 'family' of nations. At the heart of this family are three intergovernmental organisations:

  • The Commonwealth Secretariat supports member countries to achieve the Commonwealth's aims. This website is run by the Commonwealth Secretariat.
  • The Commonwealth Foundation supports people's participation in democracy and development.
  • The Commonwealth of Learning promotes open learning and distance education.

About the Grant

The Commonwealth Secretary-General and the Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network (CYCN) yesterday launched a global competition to inspire, empower and reward young people taking action on oceans.

The #YouthLeadSDG14 Action Challenge, revealed at COP27, will see three young activists awarded £1,000 each for their work towards the realisation of the fourteenth UN sustainable development goal (SDG14).

SDG14 emphasises how important conserving and sustainably using oceans, seas and marine resources is to the health of individuals, communities, nations and the planet.

Climate change is a huge threat to these environments - particularly in the Commonwealth where 49 of the 56 member countries have coastlines - making youth action vital to its protection for future generations to come.

Young people are asked to document and share their efforts towards the realisation of SDG14 with the Commonwealth Secretariat and on social media for the chance to win one of three £1,000 prizes.

Under the theme of SDG14, CYCN have come up with a list of 14 actions entrants are asked to complete as part of the #YouthLeadSDG14 Action Challenge.

You must be aged 18-30, and come from a Commonwealth country, to enter.

How to Apply

To take part, entrants must:

The videos will be posted on the Commonwealth Youth Climate Change (CYCN) social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and on the Your Commonwealth website.

Submissions will be judged by a panel that will score them on their impact, scalability, creativity, innovation and sustainability.

Three winners will be picked and awarded £1000 each.

The competition closes on 8 December 2022 at 21:00GMT and the top three winners will be announced on 11 December 2022.

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