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Global Youth Safety in Urban Environments Competition

A photo, drawing and video contest to give young people a voice.


The Global Youth Safety in Urban Environments Competition is a global photo, drawing and video contest for young people between 15 and 24 years old. From 3 August to 7 September, we received more than 150 beautiful entries from young people representing 33 countries from around the world about a safety concern in their urban environment.

We selected 20 finalists and, from 8 to 13 September, these entries could be voted upon (LIKED) by the general public through this album on the ICLEI Global Facebook page.

The winners were announced on 13 September through an online event (recording available here).

See all entries


ICLEI and GIB Foundation launched this contest to understand what safety and security issues young people face in their cities. Stay connected for further updates: we will launch new opportunities to engage youth perspectives on safety and security as we develop this program in selected cities.

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Winners for best photos, drawings and videos

  1. Road mismanagement and suffering – by S. M. Al Amin
  2. Waterlogging – The Agony of Chittagong City – by Tanveer Ahmed
  3. Waste interrupts mobility and threatens the environment – by Moshiur Rahman Akash

The entries have been ranked by the number of likes following public voting on Facebook.

While the competition was of global nature, we applaud Bangladeshi youths for their enthusiastic engagement and for supporting the entries of their country, helping them win the first three places.

See all entries

Winner for best project names

  1. (S²City) Safe And Sound City Program – by Mohamed Abulfadl
  2. My Safe Place Program – by Alejandra Cortinas
  3. Safe Planning In Urban Condition Environment (SPACE) – by Muhammad Noor Fauzan

The names have been ranked by the number of likes following public voting on Facebook.

Full list of winners and awards

Honorary mentions

We received so many wonderful submissions that for one reason or another didn’t make it into the 20 finalists. However, we would like to award them a honorary mention.

  1. From Germany, Elena Goncharik: Harsh reality
  2. From Bolivia, Lizeth Paredes Ochoa: History repeating itself
  3. From Ghana, Francisca Kwaku: Where is the football park?
  4. From Bolivia, Judith Emiliana Huampo: Hidden injustices
  5. From Ghana, Jeffrey Adusei Opoku, Program name: Youth 4 Safety and Security (Y4SS)

Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB) Foundation is a Swiss foundation based in Basel working to promote sustainable and resilient infrastructure through sustainable infrastructure design and financing on a global scale. Active since 2008, GIB works with multiple stakeholders ranging from city representatives to project developers and infrastructure financiers, with a focus on emerging and developing countries.


For more information or questions, please contact resilient.cities@iclei.org

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