Humanity and Global Challenges - International Essay Competition Initiative

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Dear Members,
Warm greetings from the World Assembly of Youth (WAY) Headquarters in Melaka, Malaysia!
We would like to inform you that this year, and in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations, the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC Research Institute) and the World Assembly of Youth (WAY) are coordinating the initiative of an essay competition, which takes place in cooperation with international and regional research institutions and universities, as part of the global discourse on the future of the world under the umbrella of the #UN75 global conversation.
The initiative for the essay contest rooted in a DOC research project on the relationships between the east and west and was organised in 2018/19 for the first time. The contest in 2019 was dedicated to the topic “My country our World 2020” and was open to young people up to the age of 27 from Council of Europe and CIS countries. Building on this experience and with the aim of not only fostering mutual understanding between different cultures, but between generations, academics, and young professionals as well, we would like to encourage young people from all over the world to participate in the contest and establish the International Essay Competition as a shared global initiative.
This year’s topic is “Humanity and Global Challenges: How can we maintain international cooperation in the face of increasingly urgent global problems and decreasing dialogue between civilisations?”. Its objective is to seek the views of students and young people on how to address global challenges with concrete and actionable recommendations, answering in particular, the initial question of whether a global community based on shared human values is a solution capable of holding the world together and promoting peaceful coexistence.
Therefore, please find out more information on this Essay Competition or visit . Kindly feel free to share it among your networks as well.
With best regards,


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WHO Health for all Film Festival: Call for Submissions

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Dear members,

Greetings from the World Assembly of Youth (WAY) Headquarters! 

In May 2020, during the 73rd World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, WHO will host the first ever Health for All Film Festival. The Festival aims to recruit a new generation of film and video innovators to champion and promote global health issues.

WHO is seeking submissions from both seasoned film professionals and young, aspiring filmmakers. Participants are invited to submit one video for one of the categories outlined below by January 30, 2020 (final submission date). Only films completed between 1 January 2017 and 30 January 2020 are eligible for this festival.


  1. Video reports (3-8 minutes long)
    Video reports showing human-interest stories and testimonies about health from individuals, communities, and/or healthcare workers navigating a local or global health challenge, championing solutions, or driving change.

  2. Animations (1-5 minutes long)
    Animation videos that include either testimonials and/or challenges and solutions to achieving health and well-being for all, or to educate about a health issue.

  3. Videos about nurses and midwives (3-8 minutes long)
    Any audiovisual style will be accepted for submissions on this special theme during the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, celebrated in 2020.

More information

Please see for more information including the rules regarding application and eligibility.

Access the application tool to submit your application.

Please help us to spread the word about the festival by sharing the leaflet attached to this email through your networks.

WAY and WHO look forward to receiving your submission.



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Declaration - 19th Melaka International Youth Dialogue (MIYD)

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Dear members,
Warm greetings of the World Assembly of Youth (WAY) Headquarters in Melaka, Malaysia!
We are pleased to circulate herewith the Declaration of the 19th Melaka International Youth Dialogue (MIYD) “Youth Deconstructing Fake News” that was held from 23rd to 27th of June 2019 at La Boss Hotel in Melaka, Malaysia.
The 19th MIYD was organised by the World Assembly of Youth in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Malaysia, Melaka State Government, Asian Youth Council, Commonwealth Youth Council, Malaysian Youth Council, Commonwealth Youth Innovation Hub, Royal Commonwealth Society, International Youth Center, and Belema Aid Foundation. After thorough deliberations through paper presentations, plenary sessions, and workshops, the participants put together this important outcome document, addressed to all the stakeholders in order to establish commitments and outcomes in pursuit of deconstructing fake news, tackling media illiteracy, and developing the essential skills that would critically evaluate information and mainstream media, are acknowledged and addressed.
With this, the participants of the 19th MIYD, recognised the importance of empowering and equipping young people with the right knowledge, skills, proper attitude, and approach for achieving media literacy and advocating against the spread of misinformation, disinformation, mal-information, and fake news. They shall continue to seek and generate other youth dialogues and advocate for legislations, policies, and programmes at all levels of society, in order to achieve a better and sustainable future for all.
Looking forward to seeing you all in another Dialogue! 

19th Melaka International Youth Dialogue (MIYD) Declaration - 19th MIYD Declaration