UN Climate Change Media Alert: Winners of 2019 Global Youth Video Competition Announced - Videos Show Inspiring Stories
of Local Climate Action
New York, 21 September 2019 – Young people from Portugal, Brazil and the United States are being celebrated as the winners of the 2019 Global Youth Video Competition
for telling inspiring stories of local climate action that can be scaled up and replicated around the world.
In advance of this year’s edition of the Global Youth Video Competition, over 400 videos were submitted by young people
between the ages of 18 and 30 from 114 countries, focusing on the issues of cities and local action to combat climate change
, nature-based solutions for food and human health
and balancing the use of land for people and ecosystems
The winners were announced at the UN Secretary-General’s Youth Climate Summit
in New York. Speaking at the event Niclas Svenningsen, Manager with Global Climate Action at UN Climate Change said:
“The Global Youth Video Competition is turning the spotlight on action taken by youth around the world. Now more than
ever, we need to engage youth in the international discussions. Their voices need to be heard at the upcoming UN Climate Action Summit
The winners, chosen through online public voting, are Raquel Gaião Silva from Portugal with her video "Ocean Alive",
Rafael Forsetto and Kiane Assis from Brazil with the video "What is Agroecology", and Callie Broaddus from USA for her
video "Reserva: The Youth Land Trust".
The 2019 Competition was organized jointly by the three Rio Conventions, the Convention on Biological Diversity
, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
, and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
, in partnership with the Global Environment Facility-United Nations Development Programme Small Grants Programme
and the BNP Paribas Foundation
. The competition was implemented through the Television for Environment (tve) platform.
Winners will travel to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25
) in Santiago de Chile, Chile, in December, where they will attend the Global Youth Video Competition Award Ceremony,
among other events.
The winning video entries can be seen in the relevant UN Climate Change news article
The video by Raquel Gaião Silva presents the efforts made by the Portuguese NGO “Ocean Alive” to protect the seagrass meadows in Setúbal. The video
describes how volunteers collaborate with marine scientists to learn about biodiversity and the scientific protocols for
environmental quality assessments. “Ocean Alive” works to educate students and the local fishing community, in order to
promote behavior change, reduce destructive fishing, and protect the seagrass meadows.
In their 3-minute entry, Rafael Forsetto and Kiane Assis define agroecology and show how it has become part of the
culture for farmers in Paraná, Brazil. These farmers avoid pesticides and seek to increase biodiversity and reduce the
ecological impact of their agricultural practices. Through the Latin American School of Agroecology, they work to share
their knowledge and good practices.
The video by Callie Bradous describes how she and her sister set up “The Youth Land Trust” to protect Ecuadorian
forests. They aim to empower young people around the world and create the first entirely youth-funded nature reserve.
Callie strongly believes that if young people are given the adequate platform, they can bring the planet back into
More information on the 2019 winners can be found here
About the UNFCCC
With 197 Parties, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has near universal membership and
is the parent treaty of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement. The main aim of the Paris Agreement is to keep a global
average temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature
increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The UNFCCC is also the parent treaty of the
1997 Kyoto Protocol. The ultimate objective of all agreements under the UNFCCC is to stabilize greenhouse gas
concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system, in a
time frame which allows ecosystems to adapt naturally and enables sustainable development.