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Powering Sustainable Development with Access to Information

Student Video Contest

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The IPDCtalks video contest, established and organized this year for the first time, aims to promote and encourage the next generation of journalists and media professionals to take part in the discussion around the cause of the IPDCtalks: the importance of access to information, independent and pluralistic media and freedom of expression with regards to a sustainable future.

To this end, the IPDC invites journalism and media / communication students from all over the world to take part in the following challenge:


'Powering Sustainable Development with Access to Information': Why is access to information the critical currency for us to survive in the modern world? What should duty-bearers (governments, the media, and international organizations) play to protect and promote the right to access to information? And what kind of impact does it have for a sustainable future, e.g. with regards to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals

We want to know your opinion and invite you to send a short video message in which you describe your ideas, including your own observations and experiences.

Style Guidelines

Your video should be no longer than 3:00 minutes.

  • Spoken language in the video must be English or French.
  • It must be original and unpublished, plagiarized entries will be rejected.
  • Co-authored videos are not accepted, only one speaker per video is allowed.
  • Videos must be submitted by mail to or
  • Please indicate your video title, your name, address, phone number, nationality, gender and chool name in your mail. Teachers and youth directors may submit a collection of videos from their class or group.


Entries coming from outside Paris must be received by Friday, September 15, 2017 (23:59 your local time). Participants from or around Paris must submit their video messages by Tuesday, September 26, 2017 (23:59 local time).


  • Winner no. 1, announced on 18 September, will be personally invited to participate in the IPDCtalks, including coverage of his/her travel expenses and stay in Paris according UNESCO rules and procedures, as well as a personal meeting with the speakers on 28 September.
  • Winners no. 2 & 3 will be announced live during the IPDCtalks. If present at the IPDCtalks, they will have the opportunity to make their statement while being filmed in an interview video by the UNESCO video team. If not in Paris, the video contest marial will be shared on the official UNESCO social media channels which will reach millions of people worldwide.