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Wednesday, 01 April 2020 14:38

UNDP Iraq asks: What unites Iraqis? Show us your creativity!

The Contest

UNDP Iraq’s Social Cohesion Programme is looking for submissions from the public that communicate how people in Iraq come together.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, now more than ever, we see how countries, regions, and the world must work together as one unified force.

Use visual art, film, or written word to demonstrate how YOU see Iraqis working together. Do you play on a sports team with people from different backgrounds? Do you have a network of friends who come together for a common reason? What brings peace and unity to your community?

If you are a citizen of Iraq, show us your creativity in one of the categories below.

Category 1: Original art depicting what social cohesion in Iraq means to you. Use paint, drawing, photography, or graphic design.

Category 2: Best short film or documentary about what social cohesion in Iraq means to you. Maximum film length: two minutes.

Category 3: Best poem or short story about what social cohesion in Iraq means to you. Write a poem of any type or a short story of maximum 500 words.

Full Contest Rules:


To be eligible to enter the contest, you must be a citizen of Iraq.

Agreement to Rules

By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to and warrants that his or her entry complies with the rules.

Contest Period

The contest begins on 26 March 2020 and ends on 09 April 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Arabian Standard Time.

How to Enter

To enter the contest, send your submission to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as a video file, .jpg, or .pdf. With your submission, please send your name, age, a short biography, and describe the meaning behind your entry.


First-place winners in each category will have their entry shared widely on UNDP Iraq’s platforms and receive a brand-new tablet. First, second, and third place winners in each of the three categories will be invited to visit UNDP to attend a certificate ceremony. If you are unable to attend the ceremony, a certificate will be e-mailed to you.

Selection Guidelines

A panel of jurors will determine the winners based on the following criteria:

Creativity – 25%

Originality – 25%

Relatability – 25%

Inspiring – 25%

Rights to Use and Personal Information

Those who place first, second, and third in each category will be contacted by UNDP Iraq to sign a waiver regarding their submissions and/or release of personal information. No submissions will be released to the public until this waiver is signed.

About UNDP Iraq’s Social Cohesion Programme

Support for Social Cohesion in Iraq is a five-year programme launched in January 2020 to improve the enabling environment for peace and social cohesion in all areas of Iraq. The programme is built on integrating the success and lessons learned from previous social cohesion projects and interventions. It takes a multi-faceted approach that addresses institutional frameworks, local mechanisms, institutional and individual capacities, university curriculums, inter-group and state-citizen relations, and conflict-sensitive responses. The programme’s media and advocacy component includes the launch of various initiatives on social media to encourage social cohesion and unity in Iraq.


Who is eligible to compete?

Only citizens of Iraq are eligible to compete. The contest is open to citizens 18 years and older, and those under 18 who are represented by a parent or legal guardian.

What language should I use for my submission?

You may submit your entry in the language of your choice: Arabic, Kurdish, or English.

How will the judges choose?

See our Selection Guidelines.

How will I know if I won?

UNDP Iraq will contact you through the e-mail you used for submission by 23 April 2020 if you have placed first, second, or third in your category.

Can I enter a submission in more than one category?

Each person may enter one submission per category. Do not enter more than once in the same category. For example: You may submit a painting and a video, but not a painting and a drawing.

Contact Us

Be sure to review our Frequently Asked Questions and the full contest rules.

Should you have any further questions, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Additional Info

  • Agency: UNDP