MILAN — To coincide with the 70th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter, the United Nations Academic Impact and United Colors of Benetton are set to reveal on Friday the 10 winners of the Diversity Contest at the UN Headquarters in New York.
The contest is part of a broader two-phase project developed and funded by Benetton’s Unhate foundation, which in November 2014 encouraged young people globally to post imaginative news they would like to become reality on unhatenews.com. From the 100 most-viewed posts — focused on issues related to diversity, human rights, development and women’s rights — 10 stories were selected by the foundation, which asked the writers to turn them into sustainable projects.
On the basis of the 10 chosen stories UNAI launched the Diversity Contest, asking international students from 18 to 30, as well as teachers worldwide, to develop and present projects, revolving around tolerance, harmony and respect for diversity.
A select panel of experts, including Mariarosa Cutillo, chief executive officer of the Unhate Foundation, chose the 10 winning projects, which come from Burundi, China, India, Pakistan, Canada, Mexico, Germany, South Africa and the U.S. These will be fully funded with up to 20,000 euro, or about $22,000 at current exchange rate, by the Unhate Foundation.