Youth Contest for Sustainable Urban Deltas

Win a trip to COP22 in Marrakesh!

“Showcase the best solution for present and future challenges of Sustainable Urban Deltas and discuss the role Children and Youth can play in it.”

See the contest!


Inspire us with a pitch or visualization about your favorite project in a 3-minute video 


 send a short summary of 150 words in which you include name, age and organization.


If your file is too large:

Send us the file with or include a link where we can download the video. 




Deadline 26 October, 2016



Young people all around the world below 30 years



Deltas are dynamic coastal landforms that were once created by the force of rivers, waves and tides. Worldwide deltas host high-value ecosystems and provide a home to a growing number of people.

Because of their geographical positions and because of the fertility, deltas are of drivers for economic development and urban settlements. However, urban deltas are very vulnerable places too. Due the combination of climate change and urbanisation the risk on disasters in urban deltas is increasing.

That is why we need solutions for sustainable urban deltas. We need young people to showcase innovative projects!

  COP22 in Marrakesh! (first prize)

The United Nations Climate Change Conferences are yearly conferences held in the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This year COP 22 will take place in Marrakesh, Morocco, November 7 – 18, 2016.

The winner of the contest will win a trip to Marrakesh to participate in the conference and showcase her or his solution!


Live @ Habitat III in Quito

The best solutions will be showcased during  the Habitat III Conference in Quito from 15 to 20 October 2016. The contest will actively be promoted by Youth Representative Defne Osmanoglou from The Netherlands.

Children & Youth Assembly, 15 October (UN MGCY): kick-off contest @ Habitat III

The kick-off of the contest will be at the Youth and Children Assembly on the 15th of October in Quito. The Children and Youth Assembly is a one-day inter-generational and inter-stakeholder forum which aims to provide a platform for young people to share experiences and knowledge, showcase solutions and initiatives, and develop partnerships to make cities and human settlements more equitable, inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. Here the contest will be announced during the opening, actively promoted under young people and highlighted in the UNMGCY exhibition.

Side & networking events @ Habitat III

During the Habitat III conference the contest will be promoted at youth platforms and side & networking events related to urban deltas.

Habitat III programme

The Netherlands Pavilion @ Habitat III

During the Habitat III Conference small events related to the contest will be organized in the Netherlands Pavilion. During Habitat III the contest will be promoted in The Netherlands Pavilion and the Youth Representative will interview Habitat III visitors about the subject of the contest. All solutions will be collected by the jury and 3 best solutions will be selected.

Social media @ Habitat III

During Habitat III the contest will be promoted on social media and in the Youth Representative blog. During promotion of the contest the Youth Representative will announce incoming solutions on social media to generate awareness.

Follow: #Youth4Deltas #DeltaCities #NLinQuito #Habitat3 #COP22 #DeltaCoalition #HLPW

Best ideas and winner

The young winner will win the full funded trip to COP22 in Marrakesh!

Other incoming solutions will be showcased, because we want to spread all ideas of young people!


The jury consists of selected representatives from delta countries and cities, experts and designers in delta cities and the Youth Representative:

Kees Rade: Ambassador Ambassador for Sustainable Development of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Henk Ovink: Special Envoy for International Water Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Dr. Ishrat Islam: Professor and Head, BURP, BUET., Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology

Defne Osmanoglou: Youth Representative, Government of the Netherlands / Water Youth Network

Lena Niel: Water Youth Network / Deltares

Robert Šakić Trogrlić: Water Youth Network / PhD Heriot Watt University