United Nations #UN4U Asia-Pacific Video Contest 2016

In conjunction with United Nations Day 2016, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and UN agencies, funds and programmes held the #UN4U video contest asking people in the Asia-Pacific to share their ideas on why the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are important for the region.

The contest drew 56 creative entries which highlighted the ways in which people in the region are working towards implementing the SDGs based on seven key themes: 

Seven Themes

Education 2030

Ensuring quality education for all by increasing access to education at all levels for everyone.

Resource Efficient Growth

Ensuring economic growth is achieved together with social protection and environmental conservation.

Sustainable Societies

Supporting countries to address the region’s megatrends such as the youth bulge, an ageing population, migration (including human trafficking), and urbanization, including health and well-being.

Better Data

Supporting national statistical systems to provide quality statistics, which are important for sound decision-making and monitoring implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Disaster Risk Reduction

Supporting the development of national and regional strategies related to disaster management, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

Gender Equality

Providing women and girls in the region with equal access to education, health care, decent work and representation in political and economic decision-making processes, which contribute to sustainable economies and benefit societies at large.

Poverty Eradication & Inclusion

Ensuring priority policy issues in the region to address inequality, poverty, food security, health and well-being, inclusive growth, employment and governance.



Dylan Hubbard from Australia created his video to highlight disaster risk reduction and the difference it can make to the most disaster prone region in the world.


The Eurasian National University L.M. Gumilyov Model United Nations Club in Kazakhstan’s entry, emphasizing the importance of resource efficient growth, garnered the most Youtube views and social media likes.


ILO intern Shariqa Habib and friends highlighted the need to speak up for gender equality in their video.


View the montage video of the best submissions, as selected by the judging panel and screened at UN Day events throughout the region:

View all 2016 entries on Youtube.

Terms & Conditions

Please review the contest rules set below. Submission of your video will be considered acceptance of the Terms and Conditions.


No more than three videos may be submitted by any one person.

All videos must be uploaded to YouTube and accompanied by a description of the theme chosen, shooting location and hashtags #UN4U #AsiaPacific.

Video entries must not exceed 20 seconds in length.


This contest is open to anyone aged 18 years and older by the contest closing date of 30 September 2016, who is a resident of an Asia-Pacific country as defined by ESCAP membership.

The staff category is open to UN staff and their dependents (spouse/partner, children), working or residing in the Asia-Pacific region as defined above, including interns, consultants, and fellows.

There is no entry fee of any kind.

Video submissions must be original, unpublished work by the contestant and cannot infringe upon any copyright laws. The contestant must be the sole author of all entries and hold full rights to them. Videos that have won awards in other competitions are not eligible to enter.

By entering the contest, video submitters are deemed to have agreed to the use of their videos in UN promotional material.

The organizers reserve the right to remove and disqualify submitted videos which may cause offence or may be unsuitable or inappropriate for this contest.

The contestant must have received permission from the subject(s) used in the video. Videos that violate the rights of those depicted or put people at risk will not be considered by the judges.

No responsibility can be taken by the organizers for entries that are incorrectly or incompletely submitted.

The contest is open from 9:00am Bangkok local time, Thursday, 1 September 2016 through 11:59pm Bangkok local time, Friday, 30 September 2016. Entries submitted after this time will not be eligible.

Due to the large volume of entries anticipated, only winners will be contacted. The results will be announced on 24 October 2016 on the official website of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (http://www.unescap.org/un-video-contest-2016).


A panel of representatives from UN agencies in the region will select the “Judges Favorite” category. The judging criteria will include:

Up to 50 points will be awarded in each criteria for a total of 100 points. The video with the highest score will be awarded the “Judges Favorite.” Submissions by UN staff and their dependents will be judged in a separate category by a panel of external judges.

For the “Most Liked” category, the winner will be the video post that receives the most reactions (likes, retweets/favorites) using the required hashtags #UN4U #AsiaPacific on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, during the period the contest is open.

The decision of the organizers and judges on all matters relating to the contest will be final.

A selection of the submitted will be featured in a video montage and exhibition at the UN Day event at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok on 25 October, and for greater outreach and distribution on other social media and web platforms of the UN.

Winners will win prizes of up to USD $350.


By entering a video submission to the contest, the entrant accepts the full terms and conditions of the contest. The entrant agrees to grant the UN, its agencies, funds, programmes and sponsors full non-exclusive copyright for all videos entered in the contest. The UN and sponsors reserve the right to use the videos in not-for -profit advocacy and promotional materials such as social media, multimedia packages, television, billboards, and printed materials etc., online and offline.

When videos are used, credit will also be given to the entrant, but no monetary payments will be made.

The videos will also be added to UN entities online video galleries, Facebook pages, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, and made available to any party the UN deems suitable, subject to appropriate crediting.