Video competition

“Sustainability in numbers”

Video competition on the SDGs

Winning videos of the competition

Category A

1. “Life below water”

T. Schmid, Y. Blanchoud, F. Lecluyse‑Loiseau, D. Pochon

Jean Piaget

2. “Éradiquer la pauvreté”

E. Seiler, Z. Borel, K. Bionda, A. Rusca

Jean Piaget

3. “Production et consommation responsable”

J. Granato, S. Pini, E. Macherel, F. Monnier, C. Champenois

Jean Piaget

Category B

1. “End of Mother Earth”

M. Burki, C. Vionnet, Q. Macri

Jean Piaget

2. “Hunger”

V. Jolley, A. Heinzer, A. Knüsel


3. “Projet durable”

B. Velez, N. Nzalakanda, S. Lecomte, F. Alija



“Sustainability in numbers” is a competition aimed at members of youth organisations or young people who attend secondary school in Switzerland (maximum age 18). It has been launched by the Swiss Confederation in collaboration with the Swiss Council of Youth Activities on the occasion of the 3rd United Nations World Data Forum (UNWDF).
The Swiss Confederation is organising together with the UN the next edition of the UNWDF which will be held in Bern from 3 to 6 October 2021. The UNWDF is an event of global importance linked directly to the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. It offers an opportunity for discussion between the various communities of data producers and users. Also open to representatives from the economy, sciences, media, national statistical offices, as well as other administrations and areas, this community can thus engage in a productive dialogue and identify ways to mobilise the resources needed for data development. The aim of the forum is therefore to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. The first edition of the forum was held in Cape Town, South Africa, in January 2017. The second edition took place in Dubai in October 2018, in the United Arab Emirates. For this new edition in Bern, which will probably be held in hybrid form, representatives from over 100 countries are expected either physically or virtually. Invited speakers and VIPs will also be called upon to add to the discussions. (

Target audience: the competition is aimed at members of youth organisations or young people who attend secondary school in Switzerland (maximum age 18)(category A: 14 to 16 years and category B: 17 to 18 years).

Aims: the launch of the competition has the following aims:

  • Create interest and curiosity among young people for statistics;
  • Make young people aware of the role of statistics in various aspects of society, promote teamwork and collaboration between young people though creating a video on sustainable development;
  • Encourage, with a playful approach, young people to get involved in issues concerning sustainable development and to feel affected by these topics as future change depends on the young generation. To evaluate the challenges in sustainable development, young people will reinterpret aspects of development of their own choice in a creative and original way through a video. This is an active way of increasing awareness of the 17 SDGs of the UN’s 2030 Agenda;
  • Become young ambassadors of the 2030 Agenda.

Theme of the video

The SDGs and data – explanation of the SDGs, reflected by statistics.

Choice of SDGs: young people can choose to represent one or several SDGs among the 17 SDGs of the 2030 Agenda to depict in their video.

Choice of statistics: young people can choose to use statistics (for the selected SDG(s) of one or several countries of their choice among all of the developed or developing countries.

Participation rules

Each participant that is part of the group must be:

  • member of a youth organisation;
  • or attending secondary school.
  • born between 2003 and 2007;
  • living in Switzerland.

The groups of young people may include a maximum of 5 people.

The videos should last max. 1min30. Video format: 16: 9 (landscape).

All sources used must be clearly indicated.

Language of videos: one of the 4 national languages (French, German or Swiss German, Italian and Romansh) or English.
Subsequently, the top 5 from both categories will be asked to adapt their video with subtitles in English. Except for the winning group of each of the 2 categories who will only need to submit the transcript of their video. Subtitles will be done by our office for this group.

The participating groups must create a video representing the SDGs of the 2030 Agenda reflected by statistics.
The 2030 Agenda marks an important step for sustainable development. Since 2016, it has served as a framework for joint national and international efforts to address major human and global challenges such as extreme poverty, climate change, environmental destruction and health crises. The 2030 Agenda is universal: it commits all countries, North and South, and sets the reference framework for national policies on sustainable development until 2030. The sustainable development goals (SDGs) are at the heart of the 2030 Agenda. SDGs call on all countries – developing and developed – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet.
The videos must not infringe any copyright nor trademarks, nor the rights of any person or entity. Teams must ensure that in their video they only use content which they are authorised to use including, without limitation, music, images, film clips and any other intellectual property.

Participants will send their video by email to

The groups of participants must send us the videos by 25 July 2021.


Cooperation with the Swiss Council of Youth Activities representing 55 children’s and youth organisations within the scope of this project.

Founded in 1930, the CSAJ has established itself as the Swiss umbrella organisation for youth organisations.

Evaluation criteria

When the jury judges the chosen videos, it will take into consideration the following elements:

  • The creativity of the video;
  • The choice of SDGs and how they are represented by statistics;
  • An understandable / convincing message depending on the concept/issue raised;
  • The effectiveness of the video in conveying its message.


The jury will choose the winning, second and third place groups for each category. If the videos received do not fulfil the criteria or the quality is unsatisfactory, the jury may decide not to award prizes to the videos presented. The three winning teams (categories A and B) will receive the following prizes (these will be sent to the guardian for members aged under 18).

  • A gift voucher worth CHF 500 (1st place), CHF 300 (2nd place) or CHF 100 (3rd place).
  • A surprise gift for each of the participants, of different value depending on the place (1st, 2nd and 3rd place).
  • A certificate for each of the participants.

The top 5 videos from both categories will be published on the The Road to Bern website and the FSO and Road to Bern social media pages, as well as those of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) dedicated to the 2030 Agenda.

We plan to award the prizes to the winners of both categories at the opening ceremony of the United Nations World Data Forum which will take place in Bern, 18th October 2021.

The Confederation will cover the travel costs of the guardians and young people from the winning teams to attend the opening ceremony, providing a maximum of 5 train tickets in second class per winning team. If the winning team includes young people aged under 18 at the time of travel to the ceremony, the guardian must act as the guardian for the minors in their team and assume full responsibility for the minors during the trip and the stay at the location of the prize giving ceremony. If two winning teams have the same guardian, the latter will only receive one prize.

Confidentiality declaration

The participants of the winning teams must provide in good time their names ahead of the publication of the winners on the website.

All personal data will be saved for a maximum of 2 years. The data will not be transferred to third parties nor used for other purposes.

All rights reserved

The FSO reserves the right to modify the terms and conditions of the “Sustainability in numbers” competition, in particular the dates announced in the calendar or even its cancellation if a justified reason exists. These changes will be publicly posted on the internet at

Acceptance of the rules of the “Sustainability in numbers” competition

Participation in the “Sustainability in numbers” competition implies acceptance of all the rules.

Winning videos of the 2019 Eurostat competition

To give you some inspiration, below are the winners of a similar competition for young people launched by Eurostat in 2019 on the topic of “Europe reflected in statistics”.

Winners in the 14–16 age group

Ansofi. (Belgique)
Vikki9 (Finlande)
MAKAO (Pologne)

Winners in the 16–18 age group

Radiaator (Estonie)
Gorove (Croatie)
Outlier (Grèce)

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