Journalists from Africa’s mainland Least Developed Countries (LDC) or island nations are invited to submit work to the United Nations on how sustainable energy is improving their communities – and potentially receive an expenses-paid invitation to cover the Sustainable Energy for All Forum in Portugal in May.
The contest is designed to attract the most talented writers and inspiring stories from nearly three dozen eligible African nations as well as their LDC counterparts around the world. The published or broadcast pieces must have appeared in a recognized media outlet between August 16, 2017 and March 16, 2018 – and they have to be written by journalists who are nationals of one of the LDC nations.
Three winners of this “Voices of a Brighter Future” competition will be chosen, and they’ll have their work showcased by the United Nations and other news outlets, in addition to their participation in covering the forum.
Journalists working in any language are welcome to enter, but if the work is not in French or English they’ll need to provide an English translation. Judging will be done by a high-level panel made up of United Nations, sustainable energy and media professionals. Complete details and requirements are available here.
There’s also a list at the link of the 47 eligible LDC nations, which include:
Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania and Zambia.
Journalists in groups like African Network of Vanguard Climate Journalists (RAJCA), pictured here at COP22 in Marrakech, are at the forefront of climate-connected issues and among many committed to reporting on energy and related sustainability issues.
Image: COP22 file