2011 Citizen Ambassadors Contest

August 18, 2011 - 4 minutes read

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Rules for the Contest

  • The submitted video must begin with the phrase “Excuse me, Mr. Secretary-General…”
  • Only entries submitted via YouTube will be eligible for consideration.
  • To sign up for an account on YouTube, please visit http://www.youtube.com/create_account.
  • Video entries must not exceed 30 seconds in length.
  • The contestant must be at least eighteen (18) years of age on the date he/she enters the contest.
  • Video submissions must be original and unpublished work by the contestant and not infringe on any copyright laws.
  • Submitted videos must be recorded in English or French or subtitled in English or French.
  • Each entrant must fill out the Entry Form
  • Video submissions may not contain any offensive or inappropriate content, according to United Nations principles and practices, and must comply with YouTube’s general terms and conditions.
  • Current or former staff members, interns or retirees of the United Nations Organization, its Agencies, Funds or Programmes and any family and/or house-hold members of these staff members are not eligible
  • The contest will end on 8 September 2011 at 11:55 p.m. New York time (EST). Entries submitted after this time or modified past the end of the contest will not be eligible.
  • The results will be announced in late September 2011 on the official Citizen Ambassadors website www.uncitizenambassadors.org and on the UN Channel on YouTube.


Selection Process

  • Video entries will be judged based on the following criteria:
    1. Merit: Does the video message merit viewing by world leaders?
    2. Originality: Does the video message offer original opinions or suggestions?
    3. Creativity: How creative is the video in its form and content?
    4. Bonus points will be awarded for exceptionally aesthetic or compelling messages.
  • The winning videos will be chosen by a panel of United Nations officials and external partners. The decisions of the judging panel are final and binding.
  • Three winners will be designated Citizen Ambassadors to the United Nations for a two-year term and will be invited to visit UN Headquarters in New York City in Fall/Winter  2011.

Video Tips

Follow these few simple suggestions to produce a video that the judges will enjoy viewing and help you get noticed.    


  • …Get to the point – immediately!
  • …Make your video interesting. You have only 30 seconds to grab attention.
  • …Make sure we can hear you clearly!
  • …Make sure we can see your video clearly!
  • …Read the contest rules carefully and follow each one.
  • …Keep your video under the specified length. If your video is over 30 seconds it will not be eligible.
  • …Be creative!
  • …Say something meaningful. Share a unique idea, experience, or recommendation.
  • …Fill out the Entry/Video Submission Form completely and accurately.
  • …Remember that all entries must be spoken or subtitled in English or French.


  • …Ramble about something insignificant or that is common knowledge. 
  • …Waste time rephrasing the question or introducing yourself. 
  • Forget about your background and surrounding, and how you are framed in the shot
  • Read from a script or in a monotone voice.
  • …Infringe on copyright laws if you use images or music.
  • Lie about your age or pretend that you are eligible if you are not (see Rules of the Contest)
  • Feel that you are only one person, can’t make a difference, or won’t win.


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