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24 Sep, 2015

Meeting the SDGs: OECD invites young people to Poster Competition to combat poverty, growing inequality

Paris, 23 Sept 2015 – The Organisation of Economic Cooperation Development is calling on young people all over the world to let their creative juices flow to build a more economically just, fair and balanced world.

A Poster Competition has been created inviting young people aged 15-25 “to express your unique views and ideas on how we can change the rules so that everyone can have access to better public services (such as schools and healthcare) and a better life (through less unemployment, better jobs and job satisfaction, less discrimination and more opportunities for all).”

The intention is “to create a poster reflecting the challenge of fixing government to include more voices in public decisions and help address growing income inequality.”

According to the OECD, this is why the competition is being held:

GOV Ministerial Meeting Poster Contest

Click on the image to enter the competition and get further details.

  • In many countries, people have not seen their real incomes rise for several years.
  • Average income of the richest 10% is now almost 10 times that of the poorest 10% – up from 7 times 25 years ago.
  • Rising inequalities are polarising societies into the haves and have-nots, eroding confidence in public institutions.
  • The foundations of well-being – education, life expectancy, employment prospects, success – are disproportionally determined by socio-economic status, wealth, sex, age or where people live.
  • These inequalities risk undermining the foundations of market economies and growth.
  • Growth needs to take a new direction towards inclusiveness, placing improvements in societal well-being at the heart of economic policy making.

The prize

Winning posters will be displayed in an exclusive poster gallery during the OECD Ministerial Meeting in Helsinki on October 27-28, 2015 bringing together ministers and high-level officials from countries around the world.

To enter

For your poster entry to be eligible, you must be 15-25 years old during the period of the competition (Competition closes on 16 October, 2015).


After the competition closes at midnight on 16 October 2015, qualifying poster submissions will be judged on adherence to the competition challenge through their creativity, originality, message content and overall presentation.

Terms & conditions

Please read the terms and conditions and send a signed declaration along with your entry.