Winners of Global Challenges Youth Music Contest #GYMC15 Announced

The Global Challenges Youth Music Contest (GYMC) is an online music video competition for young people organized by the International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches (IAAI), a Civil Society Organization based in Klagenfurt/Austria in cooperation with UNESCO Management of Social Transformation (MOST) Programme, UNFCCC Climate Secretariat and other partners.

The award ceremony will take place on the UNESCO Stand COP21 in Paris on 7 December 2015.

The Global Challenges Youth Music Contest aimed to use the power of music to promote the understanding of the importance of global challenges such as climate change, for every global citizen and to engage young people in activities that contribute to global and local public good in the context of the United Nations system’s goals and programs.

As Nick Nuttall, Spokesperson for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), John Crowley from the secretariat of UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformations Programme and their civil society partner Miroslav Polzer (IAAI) said: “The creativity and musical communications skills of so many young people are a testament to just how seriously youth from all corners of the Earth today take climate change. There were so many impressive songs, made with such love and care from so many youth, we as judges struggled to make our final decision.

45 young musicians from 26 countries from all around the world submitted their self-produced music video clip on "Youth and Climate Change" to inspire the negotiations at UN Climate Change Conference COP21.

Through online voting (51.000 page views, 14.100 votes casted) and based on a jury composed of representatives of GYMC15 partners IAAI, UNESCO-MOST and UNFCCC ACE the winners have been identified and announced on Friday 6 November 2015.

  • The GYMC15 Online Voting Award Winner:
    "Sahabat Alam" (Friends of Nature) - Adeline Suwana, Sahabat Alam, Indonesia
  • The GYMC15 Jury Award Winner:
    "Speak for the Trees" - Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Earth Guardians, United States

The award for both winners is a round trip to Paris and the opportunity to participate in an official COP21 side event on "Youth Empowerment for Climate Action" scheduled on 3rd of December and in a GYMC15 climate change edutainment show at UNESCO COP21 pavilion on 7th of December. More information

  • The GYMC15 Jury Special Recognition for a GYMC15 Children's Song

    In addition to the above two award winners for songs created by young people, the GYMC jury decided to introduce an additional 'Special Recognition for a GYMC15 Children's Song' and to award Gottfried Kinkel Primary School Bonn, Germany for their song: "Climate Astronauts" which stands out with the innovative collaborative process in which the song has been produced.

More information on the Award