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The new CBM Video Competition

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The Video Competition of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Capacity Building Marketplace (CBM) is meant for young students and professionals, between the age of 18 and 35, to show the world their projects and ideas regarding the combat against desertification, land degradation and drought.

In each category of the competition, you can win up to 300 EUR and all winners will have the chance to be featured in cover stories on the Marketplace front page!

The deadline for sending registration form and videos is on October 1st 2017 at 00:00 (GMT +2).

About this Competition

This Video Competition aims to promote creativity and innovation, to share experiences and best practices and to give the opportunity to young students and professional involved in combating desertification, land degradation and drought to become more effective on the field in order to achieve sustainable development by giving them the opportunity to showcase their projects and ideas and get them to be promoted on the global stage.

As a result, this Video Competition serves the very reason the Capacity Building Marketplace exists. Indeed, the Marketplace was created to increase capacity to combat desertification, land degradation and drought by allowing people from the entire world to obtain and share information that facilitates and strengthen capacity in this field. As a result, you will find all kinds of opportunities on the Marketplace such as training, funding or networking opportunities.

The Capacity Building process is one of the key elements of the UNCCD as the Convention states that it should be promoted in order to insure the ability of parties to implement effectively the Convention and thus, manage to meet the goals that have been set.

How to participate?

You should fill in the registration form and to send us your video through our Dropbox file request. You do not need to have a Dropbox account to send us your video and the registration is free.

You can register as individuals or as a team of maximum three people.

To compete, you need to be between the age of 18 and 35 at the date of the submission deadline.

Please, consult the complete rules of the competition before you register!

Once we receive the videos and if they are in accordance with the competition rules, they will be uploaded on our YouTube channel. Then, they will be available for the entire world to watch!

Categories of the competition

Actions and Achievements

Do you want to share the impacts and/or outcomes of your actions or achievements that you have been carrying out in the past regarding the combat against desertification, land degradation or drought? This category is for you. It focuses on actions and achievements that have been done and their impacts on the improvement of the living conditions of local communities.

Public Awareness

In this category, we give you the possibility to make a video to sensitize people on the mitigation of drought, desertification and land degradation. Here, you can showcase your efforts to raise public awareness on environmental issues. This category aims to get your personal idea on what should be done to get people to act for the preservation of land and the environment.

Future Projects

Do you have an idea or a project that could contribute to achieve the objectives of the UNCCD? Is it innovative? This category is for you. Here, you will have the opportunity to show what you think could be done to stop desertification and land degradation.


The winning videos will be chosen by the public at large through a vote that will take place between October 14th and 22nd 2017, from a short list decided by the Capacity Building Marketplace. Each video will be awarded between 1 and 5 points according to the originality of the video and the innovation and the impact of the projects and ideas presented in the video.

In each category, the first place will be 300 EUR, the second place 150 EUR and the third 100 EUR. First, second and third place in each category shall also be given certificates accordingly. These winners will also be featured in cover stories on the Marketplace front page.


Rules of the Video Competition - English

Règlement du Concours de Vidéos - Français

Reglas del Concourso de Vídeos - Español

Registration Forms

Registration Form - English

Formulaire d' Inscription - Français

Formulario de Inscripción - Español


If you have any questions or comments, or if you need assistance, you can send an email to the Capacity Building Marketplace team at: cbm [at]