VOICES FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD
Congratulations to all the participants who participated in the UNCCD/CDIO Global Essay Competition 2020-2021. We were glad about the sheer number of participants engaged in creating a better future by giving their ideas on averting future pandemics. Our hope is that this experience helps you stay concerned and motivated to address problems concerning sustainability by providing new ideas, products, and services that reduce the ruining of our planet and that benefit humanity. In this regard, all participants are encouraged to remain constructively engaged by continuing to contribute to this necessary action of protecting land. This effort must be made as it inter alia will help raising awareness and in reaching more and more communities across the globe.
What it the relationship between our treatment of land and the likelihood of Future pandemics?
Team meetings to plan the essay competition
In 2020, we witnessed the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic causing devastating impacts in virtually every facet of people’s lives. To many, the pandemic feels like a force out of their control. Yet, a closer look reveals it is a directly result of our action as a global community.
To mark the 2020 World Soil Day (Saturday the 5th of December), the UNCCD Capacity Development and Innovations Office (CDIO) invited people around the world to participate in an essay competition exploring the concept of 'one health' through examining the relationship between our treatment of the planet's land and the increased likelihood of these types pandemics.
Participation in the essay competition was open to everyone and was FREE!
Essays of a minimum of 500 and maximum of 1500 words were submitted in English, French, Russian or Spanish.
All entries were original unpublished works written by the participants.
The goal of this competition was to explore Covid-19, a topic of current and global importance, specifically, how our actions towards the planet's land resources can play a role in dealing with and help in preventing such pandemics in the future.
Submitted essays explored inter alia:
- The diagnosis (the objective reality): The nature of Covid-19 and its relation to our attitude to land.
- The prescription and solution: What issues must be addressed for our improved relation to land.
QUOTES FROM THE ESSAYS
WORD FROM THE TEAM
Isn't it amazing to be able to connect the world altogether around the same topic? Isn't it wonderful to get the views from every part of the globe about land? Isn't it beautiful to realize that we are actually all sharing this same land? These and more are what we found with this essay competition. It was a really wonderful to have this impressive number of participants and an even greater pleasure to discover their work. The essays were of very high quality, and written with sincerity and honesty. None of them disappointed us.
It is necessary to understand that our reality can be quite different depending on our location and circumstances. We often find it challenging to put ourselves in other people's shoes, if only to understand better how the world works. However, the damage caused by our lack of care for our land has brought us all closer together. We are all victims of the pandemic. By joining our hands, hearts and minds we become a true a community.
We were able to directly discover with pleasure, and sometimes sadness, how the relationship to the land influences the lives of hundreds of people, in countries all around the world. Every word was right, and every sentence should be read worldwide. Whether it was the laughter, the tears, the anecdotes, or the advice, each person who contributed to the exercise gave the world something of real value!!
THANK YOU ALL!!
Please look out for our up-coming competitions and other major events. We shall soon be releasing a special competition from primary-school aged children; a special project for women and young girls, and much, much more. So please continue to stay tuned!
The power of the human mind never ceases to astonish us! Language abilities, face recognition, decision-making, creative thinking, memory, logic, multitasking, emotions, the list goes on. Imagine the potential when several such minds work together! The outcome is creation, innovation! This is what happened in this project. From the team that worked tirelessly to the participants who were willing to write and share their ideas.
For further information you can send an email to the Capacity Building Marketplace team at cbm [at] unccd.int.
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These events are organized, managed and coordinated by Professor Richard A. Byron-Cox PhD, Head of the Capacity Development and Innovations Office. He assures that the CDIO is happy to work with all stakeholders to further awareness to facilitate the implementation of the Convention, and to support the professional development of young professionals and young people in general across the globe.