WTO Youth Ambassador Programme - Essay/Video competition 2012

WTO Youth Ambassador Programme - Essay/Video competition 2012

Objectives of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Youth Ambassador Programme

The WTO Youth Ambassador Programme aims to raise awareness of international economic governance issues among young people, encourage their engagement in public policy discussions, and bring new perspectives to the debates. Its starting point is a contest. To participate, contestants must provide their response to a trade-related question.

Submissions can be made in the form either of a video or an essay.

Video/essay contest

Participants are required to make a short video (no more than three minutes) or write a brief essay (up to 1,000 words) that addresses the following question:

How can trade promote development?

In their submissions participants should highlight the importance of the issue, describe the main challenges and propose policy recommendations.


Participants must be at least 18 years of age, and no older than 25 years of age, on the date of submission of their essay or video. Proof of age will be required from all finalists.

All submissions (video and essay) shall be accompanied by a one-page (300 words maximum) text in which the participants outline the activities that they intend to undertake as WTO Youth Ambassadors to promote the principles and values of the multilateral trading system within their communities, should they win the contest.

This is an opportunity for participants to demonstrate how the role of the WTO Youth Ambassador can be used to make a positive impact.

Deadline for submissions: Midnight (Geneva time) 30 June, 2012.

Submission guidelines

All essay submissions should be sent either as a Word document or as a PDF to youth.ambassador.program@wto.org indicating Youth Ambassador Contest in the subject line.

To submit a video, the contestant must be a registered user of YouTube or another online video sharing site. To sign up for an account on YouTube, please visit http://www.youtube.com/create_account

The submission must be in English, French or Spanish, or must be subtitled in one of those languages. For simple instructions on how to create closed captioned subtitles for YouTube videos, please see http://www.youtube.com/t/captions_about

Upload your video message to www.youtube.com or another online video sharing site using your personal account, with the tag: WTOvideo2012.


The winner of the best video and essay submission will be invited to the WTO in Geneva, Switzerland to present their ideas at the WTO Public Forum from 24 to 26 September 2012. The WTO will fund and organize the trip.

The finalists for each category will be selected in mid-July 2012. Finalists will be notified by e-mail and their names will be published on the website of the WTO Public Forum. No other participants will be contacted.


The winning essay will be published in the WTO Public Forum Publication and the winning video will be posted on the WTO’s YouTube channel and featured on the WTO’s social media platforms.

This information was taken from the World Trade Organization (WTO) website here>>>


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