Press Release

Call for Submissions: Peace Poetry Contest for Youth In Malawi

04 October 2021

Through this contest the UN hopes to promote an understanding and value for peace through poetry.

Hello! Are you a budding poet, aged between 16 and 25? The United Nations, in partnership with the Poetry Association of Malawi (PAM), is running a Peace Poetry Contest for you.

The contest seeks to inspire youth to imagine a more peaceful Malawi and write poems on the central role of peace in realising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Malawi by 2030 as well as the country’s development vision by 2063. Through this contest the UN hopes to promote an understanding and value for peace through poetry.

The theme of the poetry contest is Peace Matters for All People and Sustainable Development in Malawi!

To participate, send one original, unpublished English poem of no more than 40 lines to rcs-malawi@un.org as Word or PDF document by Friday, 15th October, 2021.

  • All emailed entries should include the entrant’s name, age and contacts. Entrants’ names will be redacted for the judging panel. A national ID will be required for shortlisted entrants at a later stage.
  • Entries will be considered on the basis of originality, relevance, persuasiveness, and quality.
  • Top three winners will be invited to a public event.
  • Winning poems will be published on UN Malawi website and in newspapers.

Prizes:

  • First Prize:         Laptop, External Hard Drive, and Internet MiFi gadget
  • Second Prize:    Laptop and Internet MiFi gadget
  • Third Prize:       Mobile Phone and Internet MiFi gadget

Background

Peace is at the heart of sustainable development. A peaceful environment is important for development. When there is no peace, business and development operations are disrupted while social problems such as poverty, hunger and inequality are worsened.

Peace is not just the absence of war. True and lasting peace goes together with justice, equality, dignity, inclusiveness, human rights, and freedoms for all people. Treatment of all humans as equals regardless of race, gender, beliefs, age, geography, or any other status is a key foundation of peace.

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Caption: Peace Poetry Contest for Youth in Malawi
Photo: © UN Malawi

Call for Submissions: Peace Poetry Contest for Youth In Malawi

UN entities involved in this initiative

FAO
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
ILO
International Labour Organization
IOM
International Organization for Migration
UN Women
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
UNAIDS
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
UNDP
United Nations Development Programme
UNESCO
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
UNFPA
United Nations Population Fund
UNHCR
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
UNICEF
United Nations Children’s Fund
WFP
World Food Programme
WHO
World Health Organization

Goals we are supporting through this initiative