Are you between 15 and 29 years old and interested to design a postage stamp that contributes to raising public awareness against corruption in Lebanon and advocating for transparency and accountability? Then, this is your chance!
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and LibanPost invite you to take part in the competition and submit your design by 17 November 2020 in accordance with the TECHNICAL GUIDELINES provided below. The top ten designs will be selected by a jury based on pre-set CRITERIA and announced on 9 December 2020 on the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day, which is designated by the UN General Assembly to mark the adoption of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC).
The best design will become the latest Lebanese postage stamp!
This competition is part of our joint campaign to commemorate this day in Lebanon, and to pave the way for stronger youth engagement in the public anti-corruption debate and in related reforms and actions that can contribute to the country’s recovery and fulfill the promise of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.
The content of the stamp should focus on the concept of corruption, its impact on Lebanon’s economy and people, and the way forward to a better future for all, leaving no one behind. The design is encouraged to showcase youth perspectives and reflect the spirit of the UNCAC, the SDGs and Lebanon’s first-ever National Anti-Corruption Strategy.
The form of the stamp should be 3x4cm portrait or landscape. Designs should be sent as jpg preview and illustrator layered files with outlined texts and embedded photos if any. Maximum file size is 3MB. Stamp value is 2000 LL and it should be written in French and Arabic, fonts can be changed. “Liban” in both languages should remain horizontal.
A five-person jury appointed by UNDP and LibanPost will review and select the top ten designs for the postage stamp, including the winner, as per the following criteria:
- Age of designer(s) between 15 and 29 years old on 9 December 2020.
- Relevance to the thematic focus of the competition and the overall campaign.
- Creativity of the design and the underlying concept.
- Compliance with the United Nations principles and values.
Overview of the Campaign
Since 2009, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have been organizing global campaigns to commemorate the International Anti-Corruption Day, which falls on the 9th of December, accompanied by national campaigns in many countries across the world. This was designated by the UN General Assembly in 2003 to mark the adoption of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and to raise awareness, join efforts and unify the message against corruption. In 2017, UNDP and UNODC adopted the slogan "#United_Against_Corruption" towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, especially Goal 16, "Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions".
In this context, UNDP Lebanon and LibanPost have joined efforts to launch a joint campaign to commemorate the International Anti-Corruption Day, at a time where there is unprecedented nationwide consensus on the need to take decisive action against systemic and widespread corruption in the country.
The joint campaign is dedicated to the youth of Lebanon. It seeks to provide them with an opportunity to amplify their voice against corruption and contribute to related reforms and actions. More specifically, the campaign comprises two components. The first component, is a competition to design a postage stamp that will be open to talented youth between the age of 15-29 years, providing them a unique opportunity to visualize and communicate their thoughts and feelings regarding corruption, its impact on their lives and how it can be tackled for a better future. The second component, is a series of field activities that will be held across Lebanon, providing a platform for engaging the youth in ongoing national efforts to support and monitor the implementation of the country's first-ever National Anti-Corruption Strategy 2020-2025.
The outcomes of the two above-mentioned components shall converge in a national event that will be held on the International Anti-Corruption Day on 9 December 2020. It will bring together youth who have participated in the activities of the campaign, as well as decision makers, senior public officials and representatives from civil society and the business community. It will feature the announcement of the top ten designed stamps, including the winner whose design will be produced in the form of an official postage stamp. It will also feature presentations by youth delegates, followed by discussions with participating officials responsible for the implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy on the progress achieved, lessons learned and the way forward. Ultimately, this campaign hopes to instate a regular annual tradition for the youth of Lebanon to make their voice heard and to engage in an open and frank dialogue with relevant authorities on the state of the implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy.
APPLY HERE BEFORE 17 November 2020