• UNITAR invites you to the Hiroshima Office 20th Anniversary Metaverse Award Ceremony on Friday, 23 June 2023, 5–6 p.m. JST (UTC+9).
  • Three young people will be awarded for their videos featuring the youth’s role in digital innovation and promoting sustainable peace.
  • Youths can submit video entries for the award until 15 June, following guidelines for the UNITAR Video Challenge. 
  • The award ceremony will take place in a metaverse (virtual) event space. This is an online event open to all. Register to join.

7 June 2023, Hiroshima, Japan – UNITAR Division for Prosperity will host its first metaverse event “20 Years of Innovation: UNITAR Hiroshima Metaverse Award Ceremony” on 23 June 2023, from 5 to 6 p.m. JST (UTC+9). Three youths will be awarded for their stand-out videos for the UNITAR’s Video Challenge, which calls for videos featuring the role of the youth in digital innovation and promoting sustainable peace. Youths can still join the video challenge, until 15 June, and be considered for the award. The award ceremony is open to all; register for access.

The award ceremony will be held in the Metaverse Space, a virtual recreation of Hiroshima’s Peace Park – the first of its kind in the iconic city. The participants will be able to virtually visit and move around the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and interact with videos in the virtual space.

Join the UNITAR TikTok Video Challenge

Young people can join the video challenge until 15 June: create a 60-to-90-second educational video on TikTok showcasing your ideas for sustainable peace and inclusive development based on youth participation and digital innovation.

UNITAR created the video challenge to spark online youth advocacy for global peace, especially using technological innovation, and to highlight the community-building and social-advocacy work of UNITAR alumni.

Winners of the video challenge will get free access to UNITAR training courses on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and free UNITAR mentoring to develop their ideas.

Metaverse Award Ceremony

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Guest speakers

Former UNITAR G7 Youth Summit panellists


  • AJ Koikoi, UNITAR
  • Haruka Yasuda, UNITAR
  • Benjamin Echikson, UNITAR

Register for the Metaverse event

Video Challenge Guidelines

Youth can still join the video challenge! Follow these guidelines to take part. Entries for the award will be accepted until 15 June.

  • Tag UNITAR Division for Prosperity in the video (Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, Twitter) or send it to benjamin.echikson@unitar.org.
  • Create an educational video that is 60 to 90 seconds long.
  • Showcase your idea that focuses on the possibilities of sustainable peace and inclusive development based on youth participation and digital innovation
  • Entries must be in English.
  • Videos must be free- or open-licence.
  • Do not infringe copyrights, rights of privacy, intellectual property, publicity, or trademarks
  • Do not showcase people or organizations without their consent
  • Do not use violence, sexism, racism, messages that advocate restrictions on the rights of others, or other inappropriate actions like smoking and drinking
  • The submission includes the agreement to grant UNITAR the right to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works.


The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is a United Nations agency that promotes decision-making for a better future through training individuals and groups. Established in 1963, UNITAR reached 370,139 learners through its courses in 2021. In addition to its headquarters in Geneva, UNITAR has offices in New York, Hiroshima, and Bonn, as well as other networks around the world. UNITAR Division for Prosperity shares world-class knowledge and skills related to entrepreneurship, leadership, trade and finance, digital technologies, and disarmament. Especially from its Hiroshima Office and in training for learners from conflict and post-conflict countries, UNITAR incorporates Hiroshima’s rise from the atomic bombing to the current peaceful city as a model of reconstruction. In 2019, the UNITAR Association was established as a public support organization in Japan. It supports UNITAR through publicity and awareness-raising in Japan.

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