Cartagena+30: UNHCR launches Contest for Journalists

Cartagena+30: UNHCR launches Contest for Journalists
30th anniversary of the Cartagena Declaration on Refugees from 1984.

BOGOTÁ, Colombia, March 19, 2014 (UNHCR) – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) cordially invites you to participate in the journalism contest being held in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Cartagena Declaration on Refugees from 1984 (from here on referred to as the Declaration).

This process of commemoration and meetings, known as Cartagena+30, hopes to enable the development of a regional plan of action for the protection of persons forcibly displaced. It was officially launched in Geneva in February of this year, with the participation of ambassadors from States of Latin America and the Caribbean.

This Declaration is a regional instrument adopted by a group of governmental experts and judges from Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Venezuela, in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, and is focused on the legal and humanitarian problems that affected refugees from Central America. This Declaration expands on the definition of “refugee” included in the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, and now includes persons who have fled their country “…because their lives, security or liberty have been threatened by generalized violence, foreign aggression, internal conflicts, massive violations of human rights and other circumstances which have seriously disturbed public order.”

The Cartagena+30 Process will encompass the following events in Latin America and the Caribbean

  • 4 sub-regional meetings:
  • Mercosur: Buenos Aires (Argentina), March 18-19
  • Andes region: Ecuador, end of May
  • Mesoamerica: Managua (Nicaragua), July 9-10
  • Caribbean: Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, 23-24 of July (Date to be confirmed)
  • A final Ministry Event:  in Brasilia (Brazil), December 1-2

For more information about Cartagena+30 Please visit the following UNHCR links:

Contest Objectives

  • To generate a wide-ranging and adequate journalistic coverage of these themes and the Cartagena+30 Process.
  • To promote the dissemination of the most recent themes in the areas of refugees,

internally displaced and stateless persons in Latin America and the Caribbean.

  • To generate a wide and adequate journalistic coverage of the above mentioned themes and the Cartagena+30 process.
  • To inform public opinion about the situation of refugees, internally displaced and stateless persons.
  • To honor journalists who cover themes of human rights and forced displacement of people.

Rules and Conditions

1. Who can participate.

  1. Newspaper journalists, magazine journalists, online journalists, radio reporters, and journalists of national and international news agencies (TV or radio included), or journalists of other public dissemination media.  Journalists must be based in Latin America or the Caribbean;
  2. Free Lance journalists who collaborate with national, regional and provincial newspapers or audiovisual products.

2. In both cases, participants must present a written consent from the medium which accredits the above-mentioned condition. Please forward documents to [email protected] before June, 20. In order to participate in the contest journalists must submit a minimum of 4 audiovisual pieces (TV or radio) of a minimum of 2 minutes each, or at least 4 published articles, each with a minimum length of 800 words. Submissions for the audiovisual and written publications can be in Spanish, English, French or Portuguese and on the referred to themes.

3. Audiovisual products and/or written articles which will be submitted, must have been published in the medium which is accrediting the participant as a journalist, or in any other recognized printed or digital media, before November 14, 2014.

4. The audiovisual pieces or published articles must address one of the following themes in the Latin American context:

  • Integration and resettlement of refugees
  • Mixed migration flows: victims of human trafficking and unaccompanied children.
  • Prevention and protection of stateless people
  • New forms of violence and its humanitarian impact, especially in Central America
  • Durable solutions refugees and internally displaced people, especially in the context of strengthening their livelihoods.

5. Evaluation Criteria: Judges will take into account:

a) The relation between the submitted work and the themes of reference

b) the knowledge of sources

c) the ability to work with data

d) the presentation of the submitted work

6. The panel of judges will consist of Representatives from UNHCR and regional UNHCR representatives of public information.

7. The contest will be opened on March 18, 2014 on the occasion of the first Cartagena+30 sub-regional meeting in Buenos Aires, and submission will be received until November 14, 2014 at 18.00 hrs (Colombian local time).

8. Participants must, throughout the year, send their submissions to the following email: [email protected].

9. The winner will be announced on November 21. The announcement will be made online: An email will also be sent to the winner.

10. Prize: The prize consists of a trip to the ministerial meeting in Brasilia on December 1 and 2, which will include all lodging and meals. The winner will also receive a statue of Cartagena30, a certificate and a publication of selected work in Memories Cartagena+30 and/or (for audiovisual work) on the website

For more information please contact [email protected]