About the Event

From December 2 – 14, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations is accepting videos and written submissions from young people around the world who respond to the following question:

“What is the most vital challenge to international peace and security facing your generation? Tell the UN Security Council what issue you believe deserves more attention, and explain why it is important.”

Selected submissions will be incorporated into the agenda of the Security Council event on December 21, which will be broadcast live via the web. For more information, visit www.usun.state.gov and follow Ambassador Rice at www.facebook.com/ambassadorrice and www.twitter.com/ambassadorrice.

Terms and Conditions

All entries must directly address the following question:

What is the most vital challenge to international peace and security facing your generation? Tell the UN Security Council what issue you believe deserves more attention, and explain why it is important.

For your entry to be considered for inclusion in the UN Security Council event, it must be (one of the following):

  • Emailed to youth@state.gov, or
  • Posted to Ambassador Rice’s wall on Facebook: (www.facebook.com/ambassadorrice), or
  • Mailed to the following address:

ATTN: Voices of a New Generation
U.S. Mission to the UN, PPD
799 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017

All text entries must be 250 words or fewer in length.

All video entries must be 1 minute or less in duration and reside on the web (via link) or removable hard disk.

Email attachments exceeding 1 MB of disk space will not be considered. The U.S. Mission reserves the right to disregard any web links or attachments it chooses.

Entrants must be between the ages of 13 and 21 at the time of submission.

  • The country and age of each entrant must clearly be indicated in the body of the submission to be considered.
  • Please also include your name (First, Last) and contact information, where you can be reached to inform you that your submission has been selected.
  • This information will be used for the express purpose of selecting and notifying participants whose submissions have been chosen for consideration by the Security Council.

Video submissions should be original and unpublished work. Entries must not contain any elements that are copyrighted or otherwise protected or subject to third party proprietary rights.

Submitted videos must be recorded in one of the six official languages of the UN Security Council – English, French, Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, and Russian – or in any other language with English subtitles. Please see http://www.youtube.com/t/captions_about for simple instructions on how to create closed captioned subtitles for YouTube videos.

Submissions may not contain any offensive or inappropriate content, following United Nations principles and practices. Videos submitted via YouTube must comply with YouTube's general terms and conditions.

Submissions will end on December 14, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time in New York. Any entry submitted after this time will not be accepted. Any video modified after the deadline will not be eligible.

Selections will be announced on December 20, 2010 at www.usun.state.gov/youth, on Facebook (www.facebook/ambassadorrice) and on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ambassadorrice).

Selected Entries

The originators of selected entries will be informed on December 15 that their submission has been chosen for incorporation in the December 21 Security Council Event.

For further information, please email us at youth@state.gov


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