Call for 2020 Young Environmental Journalists Online Volunteer Program

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Opportunity Details

  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • No. of Opportunity 70
  • Fields of study Environmental Science
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
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Opportunity Description


The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, UNDP, and UN Volunteers (UNV) jointly launch a second round of the ‘Young Environmental Journalists’ campaign to tackle environmental and human rights consequences in the mining sector in four resource-rich countries: Colombia, Kenya, Mongolia, and Mozambique.

Hence, this joint campaign aims to empower young volunteers aged 18-31, to spread awareness about, and have a voice in decisions regarding management, and use of mineral resources.

Within this program, the 70 selected ‘Young Environmental Journalists’ will work with the joint Swedish EPA – UNDP Environmental Governance Programme (EGP) to generate inspiring stories of change and develop a robust network of young journalists and environmental and human rights advocates.


Application deadline: Open until filled

Organizing institution: Swedish Environmental Protection Agency

Number of applicants: 70

Mode: Online

Target participants: Young Journalists


Through the UNV online volunteering service, the seventy winning candidates will participate in online training courses, including the UNITAR course on environmental governance of the mining sector, and take part in a range of webinars with journalists, editors, and experts from August to November 2020.

The online volunteers who complete the compulsory online courses and attend all virtual meetings will earn a certificate from UNV, UNDP, and the Swedish EPA. Additionally, they will also receive a certificate from the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

Eligibility criteria

Applicants meeting the following criteria can apply:

  • Be between 18 – 31 years of age, and
  • Be fluent in English and at least one of the local languages in Colombia, Kenya, Mongolia, or Mozambique.
  • The process is open to all, irrespective of citizenship, but having knowledge of environmental and human rights affairs in the targeted four countries will be an asset.
  • No traveling required.

Recognition of journalists’ contribution

The best stories and interviews will be featured by the Inter Press Service (IPS) and other media outlets in the four host countries, including Kenya’s Daily Reporter and In-Depth News (IDN). Furthermore, the stories will be published via UN, UNDP, EGP website, and on the Swedish Environment Protection Agency platform.

How to apply?

To apply for this volunteerism program, you need to register online with the UNV program.

Apply now  

For more information, visit the official announcement link or UNV website.

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