Win €20,000 from the UN to Promote Tolerance and Respect for Diversity

Angela Merkel Sarkozy Unhate Foundation

Dear friends,

Application Deadline: May 31, 2015

The United Nations Department of Public Information, in cooperation with the UNHATEFoundation, launched the UNHATE NEWS initiative as part of its efforts to create a world without hate and where human rights are recognized. As a powerful and thought provoking digital initiative, its objective is to invite people to create news “stories” they would like to see come true, stories whose inherent ideas provoke thought and actions.

The stories were uploaded on the UNHATEFoundation website where a youth UNHATEcommunity chose the 100 most liked stories; these were evaluated by an UNHATEFoundation jury which selected 10 stories subdivided as follows:

5 stories selected on broad and influential human rights and development themes.

5 stories specifically on women’s rights.


We now invite university/college students and members of faculty ,between the ages of eighteen and thirty, around the world, to develop, prepare, and present a specific initiative at the local or community level that clearly promotes the ideal of tolerance, respect for diversity and harmony within and between peoples as part of the UNHATE Foundation’s/UNAI International Diversity Contest (the “Contest”). The project should relate to one or more of the general themes of the attached stories; please note that the specific “stories” listed below are only illustrative and it is their broad thrust, purpose and intent that the projects should focus upon. Entries may be submitted by individuals or by groups of individuals who have collaborated in defining the project.

The project should be clearly related to the community in which the Entrant(s) reside and aimed at promoting the global goals of the Contest among the members of the said community.

The project should have practical relevance and its impact must be clearly measurable. In submitting a proposal, entrants are advised to include definable measurements with various stages of implementation,clearly identifiable by time period. Specifically, entrants are advised to take into account the following elements:

a. Who is the target audience of the project?

b. What is the time-frame for its implementation?
c. How will this improve diversity and tolerance?

d. What is the estimated cost?
e. Does it require the participation of other partners (for example, university administration)? If so, how will their participation be ensured?

f. Can this be replicated elsewhere?

The proposal must clearly spell out the financial requirements for the implementation of the project. All Entrants are advised to include suggestions on future resource mobilization to support the project beyond the initial period for which grants will be available from the UNHATE Foundation.

Proposals submitted for consideration should not be longer than 1,000 words. However, supplemental material, containing detailed analysis with suggested time-frames and financial analysis, are welcome. All project proposals – and supplemental material – must be submitted in English.

Entries should be e-mailed by May 31, 2015 to with “Diversity Contest” in the subject line. Please note that we recognize that the deadline is approaching quickly. Proposal writers should do their best to address all proposal guidelines but should know, too, that good ideas which need minor revisions will be considered by the judges. 


Entries should be accompanied by two attachments.

(i) An institutional representative will have to attest that the Entrant is either currently enrolled as a student or a faculty member of the institution, and that the project proposal is the original, unaided work of the Entrant.

(ii) Proof of age (between 18 and 30 as of May 31, 2015)

A panel of judges, who are volunteers, will decide upon a total of 10 winning Entities of the Contest (i.e. the Finalists), each of whom will be awarded 20,000 Euros by the Foundation to translate their conceptualized project into action.

All Finalists will be given certificates of participation by the UNHATE Foundation, signifying they are one of the ten winners of the International Diversity Contest arranged in cooperation with the United Nations Academic Impact.

While Entrants shall retain the rights to their submissions, by participating in the Contest they grant the UNHATE Foundation and the UN a worldwide, exclusive, royalty-free, and irrevocable license to use the content of their proposals in whole or in part. In addition, the Entrants grant the UNHATE Foundation and the UN permission to use in whole or in part their proposals for promotional purposes through all media, in perpetuity, to promote diversity, tolerance and global understanding.

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