23rd Contest Theme:
Joyful Times for People and Nature
|Joyful Times for People and Nature|
|Children aged 7 through 15|
|Artwork must reach us by May 31, 2023|
|How to Apply / Application Address|
Please send us your drawings.
(A) If using normal postal service:
Please send to: JQA International Environmental Children's Drawing Contest Office
(B) If using a private courier that rejects POB destinations:
|August, 2023 (to be announced on this website)|
|48 winners will receive special memorabilia. All entrants will receive a participation prize.|
|31st May||The deadline for application|
|Early June||Preliminary Judgement|
|Mid June||Final Judgement|
|Early August||Announcement of Winners|
|Late December||Award Shipment|
If you wish to receive the 23rd Contest Booklet, please indicate "23rd Contest Booklet requested" on your Application Form. It will be included in your participation prize shipment.
Living in a World that Cherishes Nature
Food and water, medicines, clothing, building materials such as wood, stone and steel, fuels for cars and machineries - the blessings of nature support our lives. However, our continued exploitation and destruction of nature has led to global warming, abnormal climates and natural disasters. By protecting nature and other living things, humans can receive their gifts and flourish as a society. Let's live in harmony with nature so that the happiness we enjoy today can continue.
Coexisting with All Living Things
We eat a variety of food ranging from fish from the ocean, lakes and rivers to birds and other forest animals to nuts and other plants. We capture animals for their fur and medical purposes. However, capturing small fish and baby animals could affect the eco-balance of certain species, causing extinction. We must harvest only as much as necessary in order to protect existing animals and plants.
To Sustain a Circular Lifestyle
Our ancestors had a system whereby what was harvested locally was consumed locally. However, as economic growth began, import of cheap goods in large quantities became available, leading to the disposal of surplus. Such a system does not support the coexistence of humans and nature.
Our Lifestyle Protected by Nature
Convenience sought by humans has led to the reduction of forests, which prevent landslides, supply oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. As a result, global temperatures have increased, glaciers have melted and the sea level has risen, causing natural disasters everywhere. Now, renewable energies that do not emit greenhouse gases, such as solar, wind power and biomass, is gaining attention around the world.
A Sustainable Life Together with Nature
Companies that have been mass-producing are making efforts to reduce the use of petroleum, electricity and gas. They are adopting new technologies that save energy, and are making cars that use electricity and hydrogen instead of petrol. Not only companies but also each country is discussing measures to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and protect the environment.
UNICEF Tokyo Office
On behalf of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation to the International Certification Network and the Japan Quality Assurance Organization for organizing such a wonderful JQA International Environmental Children's Drawing Contest every year. As the world's lead agency for children guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF applauds initiatives giving children the opportunity to participate and express their opinions and feelings while developing vital skills and tapping their creative potential.
The theme of the 23rd Contest is “Joyful Times for People and Nature”. Even in today's age of advanced technology, research shows that our deep connection with nature is still an essential element for our happiness and wellbeing. In short, nature has the power to transform our lives. Through your drawing, we encourage you to show us how happy you feel when you are in contact with the nature, and how you wish the future planet to be. Please do inspire us with your message!
As the climate crisis has pushed the world to the brink of extinction, children suffer more than adults, and the climate crisis is a child right crisis as well. UNICEF continues to work in partnership with the international community in more than 190 countries and territories to save and protect children's lives by building the resilience of every child and young person.
I look forward to seeing many powerful drawings from all regions and continents, seek inspiration and help amplify the beautiful message that these children are sending to the world through this contest.
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