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Jul 24, 2014

Global Video Competition on Education for Sustainable Development for Students Worlwide

About the competition

The Salon Global University Student Video Competition is organized by Salon Films (H.K.) Ltdin the framework of the last year of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD, 2005-2014), coordinated by UNESCO. The competition is supported by the Hong Kong Baptist University in partnership with UNESCO.
©Dean Gesch
©UNESCO/Marc Hofer
©UNESCO/Namal Kamalgoda


To achieve sustainable development, political regulations and financial incentives are not enough. A fundamental change is necessary in the way people think and act. The international community has long recognized that education is crucial for bringing about such change. Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) allows learners to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future. ESD means including key sustainable issues into teaching and learning; for example, climate change, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity, poverty reduction, and sustainable consumption.
In December 2002, the United Nations’ General Assembly launched the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development running from 2005-2014. The main aim of ESD is to empower citizens to address the challenges of the present and future and to make responsible decisions for a viable world. BUT EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT DOES NOT MEAN PROTECTING OUR PLANET.

Sustainable Development (SD)

Seeks to meet the needs of the present without comprising those of future generations. Sustainable development is a vision of development that encompasses respect for all life – human and non-human – and natural resources, as well as integrating concerns such as poverty reduction, gender equality, human rights, education for all, health, human security and intercultural dialogue.

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Aims to help people to develop the attitudes, skills, perspectives and knowledge to make informed decisions and act upon them for the benefit of themselves and others, now and in the future. ESD helps the citizens of the world to learn their way to a more sustainable future.

The United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) (2005-2014)

For which UNESCO is the lead agency, seeks to integrate the principles, values and practices of sustainable development into all aspects of education and learning, in order to address the social, economic, cultural and environmental issues we face in the 21st century.


  • Biodiversity
  • Climate Change Education
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Sustainable Lifestyles
  • Water
  • Poverty Reduction
  • Gender Equality
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Health Promotion

The Aims of the Project

  • Share the experiences of people who have worked or are working on Education for Sustainable Development.
  • Show the variety of interventions and facets of Education for Sustainable Development and demonstrate its importance as a driving force for social change.
  • Promote favourable practices and encourage new projects in Education for Sustainable Development.
  • Celebrate the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development at the World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development to be held in November 2014 in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan.

Competition Terms & Conditions

The following Terms and Conditions/Rules apply to the Salon Global University Student Video Competition. By participating in this Competition, the participant undertakes to comply with and abide by these Rules and provide all information required. The participant should understand that any failure to do so will result in disqualification.

Who Can Participate?

University students from all over the world can participate in the competition. However, the videos should have the nomination of their university and each university can nominate a maximum of 3 videos. Participants are required to produce short video on ESD

To Participate

Complete the registration form that can be downloaded by clicking here: English中文 and seek their university’s support. The completed form with university endorsement should be emailed to the following email address: registration@salonmedia.comThe video should be submitted on a DVD and sent by post to the following address together with the original registration formSalon Films (H.K.) Ltd, Unit C, 4/F, Freder Centre, 68 Sung Wong Toi Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong. The email should be sent out latest by 20 Aug 2014 and the DVD should be received latest by 29 Aug 2014.

About the Video

  • The video must be no more that 5 minutes in length.
  • Any spoken language used in the video that is not English must be accompanied by an English subtitle.
  • The video must not contain violence, profanity, sex or direct attacks on individuals or organizations. Any entries deemed offensive will be immediately disqualified.
  • The video must be the participant’s own original creation – no copyrighted music, video, sounds or images may be used without prior, full permission from the author(s) of the said copyrighted music, video, sounds or images that the participant wishes to include.
  • The video must not infringe on any third party rights.
  • The video must be originals.

The Prize

The video author (or a nominated representative, if a team effort) of each winning video will be invited to attend the UNESCO ESD Youth Conference on 7 November 2014 in Okayama, Japan and also the UNESCO World Conference on ESD in Nagoya, Japan from 10 to 12 November 2014. Travel costs to and from Japan, hotel accommodation and a living allowance will be provided for the duration of stay in Japan. A trophy will also be awarded to the winner.


After the competition closes at midnight 29 August 2014, qualifying video will be judged on adherence to the competition challenge through their creativity, originality, message content and overall presentation (sound and picture quality). Three winning videos will be selected by a special jury.
The competition winners will be announced on 1 October 2014 on the competition web page and winners will also be notified by email.
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To learn more and read more about ESD, please go to the following websites: