To support United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his drive to rid the world of nuclear weapons…

The UN has launched a new competition to educate youth about nuclear weapons. Art for Peace 2012 encourages young people to watch a short film online, then to “imagine a world free of nuclear weapons”. Based on their musings, they are asked to create and upload original artwork to: http://www.unartforpeace.org/

Three age groups (5-8, 9-12 and 13-17) are invited to participate. Those within the 5- to 12-year categories will need to have parents or teachers help with their submissions, which will be posted online for family and friends to view, share and vote on via Facebook. They can join the dialogue at: http://www.facebook.com/unpeaceday

Prize winners
Four youth from each category will receive a certificate from the United Nations and their artwork will be reproduced in a UN calendar. Winners from age groups 5-8 and 9-12 will receive wonderful art supplies. For those in the 13-17 year-old group, there will be cash prizes awarded of $500 for first place, $300 for second place, $200 for third place, and $100 for fourth place. The winners will be announced before the end of May.

Visit http://www.unartforpeace.org/

Art is a universal language ... everyone can participate!
Spread the word and spread peace!

Get more into it on the United Nations Disarmament Affairs website

1. BECAUSE nuclear weapons threaten all our lives;

2. BECAUSE we have to make progress towards a world free of nuclear weapons;

3. BECAUSE it may free up resources for other global challenges such as climate change, poverty and hunger.