UNESCO LAUNCHES THE PROGRAM ON YOUTH INNOVATIVE IDEA FOR AN OCEAN WITHOUT PLASTIC
Ha Noi, 14th July 2020 – To promote the key role of youth in the sustainable development of Viet Nam, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in cooperation with the Cu Lao Cham - Hoi An World Biosphere Reserve, officially launches a call for Youth Innovative Ideas for an Ocean without Plastic, under the framework of the Youth and Innovation 4 Ocean Initiative implemented by UNESCO in partnership with the Coca Cola Foundation.
The statistics are sobering; about 8 million metric tons of plastic are discarded into the ocean annually with a significant amount originating in Asia, including Vietnam. At this rate, by 2050, the ocean is on track to contain more plastic than fish.
It is with this in mind that UNESCO is launching the Youth Innovative Ideas for an Ocean without Plastic Programme to provide training and mentoring to groups of youth and young professionals to empower them to use their creative energy and talent to develop solutions in the areas of collecting, sorting, treating, recycling and reusing of plastic waste.
Through the programme, young people will have the opportunity to propose ideas, receive trainings by experts, acquire on-field implementation experience and receive financial and technical support to implement their initiatives at the Cu Lao Cham - Hoi An World Biosphere Reserve, as well as to participate in other related national and regional initiatives of the Organization.
Awards include three first prizes valued at 70 million VND which will support the implementation of ideas, and three runner-up prizes valued at 10 million VND.
The Programme will engage youth and young professionals aged between 18-30 across Viet Nam. Candidates can be formed in groups of up to five people, and gender equality will be a key consideration. Application forms and ideas should be submitted via the link https://bit.ly/38IKe5s before 25 August 2020. The results of the competition will be announced in mid-September 2020, and the Mentoring Program at the Cu Lao Cham - Hoi An World Biosphere Reserve is foreseen for the end of September 2020 with the final round held in Hanoi in November 2020.
The Youth Innovative Ideas for an Ocean without Plastic Programme is under the framework of the Youth and Innovation for Ocean Initiative carried out by UNESCO, in partnership with Coca Cola Foundation. It links to the Organization’s Regional Plastic Initiative, which aims to support innovative and practical solutions contributing to build a circular economy and towards the sustainable development of the ocean.
For more information, please contact:
Ms. Le Viet Anh – Project Officer, UNESCO Viet Nam
304 Kim Ma, Ha Noi, Viet Nam
Tel: +84 24 3850 1882