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UNICEF Viet Nam “The Future I Want” Photo Contest on Facebook

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Ha Noi, 12 October 2012

  • Are you committed to achieving the Millennium Development Goals?
  • Do you have a desire to contribute in the UN’s Post-2015 Development Agenda in Viet Nam?
  • Are you willing to learn?
  • Do you have knowledge of youth issues and are you able to advocate for them?
  • If you answered “Yes” to at least three of these questions, get active and contribute!

In order to capture young people’s voices, opinions and concerns, UNICEF is launching a photo contest through its Facebook platform, with the motto: “The Future I Want”.

In a few days-time, from 15 till 26 October, the photo contest will be launched, calling on young people to email ( ) photos and captions picturing what their hopes and dreams for their future in Viet Nam are. For instance, it could be a photo showing: hopes for better quality education for all children; or a call for more action to reduce climate change impacts; for better access to health care or jobs. All photos submitted via email will then be posted on Facebook in a single photo gallery from 27 October until 2 November. The Prize winner will be the photo that gets the biggest number of "Likes".

Prize: the first three winners will get to meet UNICEF's Representative in Viet Nam to share their views on the Future They Want, and take part in a field visit to UNICEF projects with UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador Ms. Vu Nguyen Ha Anh. Both the meeting and the field visit will be covered by UNICEF’s partners, Kenh 14 and YanTV: featured in an article on Kenh 14, also on Kenh 14’s Facebook page, as well as on YanTV, YanTV’s web site and Facebook page.

To find out more about the contest: just go to the UNICEF Viet Nam Facebook page, and “Like” it!


  • Applicants have to be from Viet Nam and aged between 15 and 24 years;
  • High-quality, digital colour or Black & White photos – taken by the participants themselves - should be emailed to this address:
  • The email should include a caption for the photo in both English and Vietnamese explaining what your hope for the future is. Name, age and city of residence of the photographer should be listed as well;
  • All photos submitted via email will then be posted on Facebook in a single photo gallery from 27 October until 2 November 2012.
  • Photos must be emailed on or before 26th OCTOBER 2012;
  • Please NOTE that emailing a photo does not mean that you will win the contest. You will be notified if you have been selected or not;
  • The Prize winners will be the three photos that get the biggest number of "Likes" on the Photo Gallery exhibited on the UNICEF Viet Nam Facebook page;
  • By emailing their photo to UNICEF Viet Nam, applicants will grant the right to UNICEF Viet Nam, to use such photograph, including reproductions thereof, with the name of the photographer, in any legal manner for advocacy, public relations, in any or all means or media now known or later invented, and the right to copyright as “UNICEF Viet Nam”.

MDGs and the United Nations’ post-2015 Agenda
Back in 2000, the United Nations (UN) designed a set of goals to be achieved by 2015, and looking at ensuring a better future for the world's people: the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Through these, world leaders aimed to: end poverty and hunger by 2015; reduce child deaths and improve mothers’ health; achieve universal education; combat HIV & AIDS etc...

As 2015 is around the corner, and a few countries have achieved a number of goals, the UN and its members states are looking to develop a new agenda for development and is organising national dialogues with citizens in more than 50 countries. Viet Nam is one of 100 countries where the UN will ask citizens, especially young people, what they want their future to be. By 2015, Viet Nam is likely to have reached six out of the eight MDGs. Indeed, historic gains have been achieved for children in Viet Nam since 1990, with infant mortality and under-five mortality being halved between 1990 and 2006, the near elimination of gender gaps in primary school enrolment and considerable improvements in access to primary schooling, safe water, essential vaccines and critical medicines such as antiretroviral drugs.

So what will be Post-2015 Development Agenda for Viet Nam’s youth?
How do we ensure that Vietnamese youth priorities are included and they have opportunities and resources to engage in the post 2015 development framework?
UNICEF aims to answer these questions with the main goal of supporting Vietnamese youth to be partners in the development of the post- 2015 agenda so they take a responsibility and ownership in building the Future They Want in Viet Nam.
Help us spread the event on Facebook, youth organisations you are a member of, networks and platforms that you are part of and join us in this nation-wide effort to bring young people together for a common agenda!



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