The comic "4.0 and the dream of a farmer" wins the competition on innovative communications solutions to reduce the impact of climate change and increase resilience to disasters

October 14, 2022

Ha Noi, October 14, 2022 - In response to the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (October 13), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority (VNDMA) and the Vietnam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, held the award ceremony of the competition "Innovative Communications Solutions to Reduce the Impact of Climate Change and Increase Resilience to Disasters." The competition was launched in October 2021 with the aim of raising awareness among Vietnamese students and contributing to changing behaviour by calling for the participation of the community in disaster risk management and climate change adaptation.

The competition received 416 entries from 43 universities and colleges across Vietnam. Entries were submitted in diverse formats such as posters, video clips, songs, comic books, website ideas, and training materials, with their contents conveying both climate change messages in general as well as specific useful solutions to mitigate climate change impacts, respond to disasters, and adapt to climate change. The submissions also highlighted the necessity of building flood-resilient houses in the Central coastal provinces and promoting successful models of livelihood transformation to both boost incomes and regenerate mangroves, which act as a green shield to protect people and their property from disasters and climate change.

Ms. Ramla Khalidi, Resident Representative of UNDP in Viet Nam and VNDMA Deputy Director Mr. Nguyen Van Tien awarded the first prize to Le Phuong, a student from Viet Nam National University in Ho Chi Minh City

The first prize was awarded to Le Phuong, a student from Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City, for the comic "4.0 and the dream of a farmer." The second prizes were awarded to Dinh Thi Hien, a student of the Academy of Journalism and Propaganda, with the piece "Then it becomes fresh and green again," and Le Nhat Linh, a student from Hanoi Law University, with "Solutions to cope with floods."

The third prizes were awarded to Ho Thi Diem Suong, a student from the University of Economics in Da Nang province, for the comic "Ru Cha - The Untold Story," and Pham Tu Quyen, a student from Hanoi National Economics University, with "Let's change to fight climate change.” The competition organizers also awarded two consolation prizes.

Emphasizing the role of youth in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation communication, Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Mr. Nguyen Hoang Hiep shared his thoughts: “I hope you young people, each of you, use your knowledge and skills to create innovative solutions, of course, in a unified whole - it's an organization where each of you will have a new media approach, with new ways of doing things given your personal conditions, and inspire the community. And in disaster risk reduction, young people are both the owners of today and the bosses of the future.”

“Reducing disaster risk and responding to climate change requires a whole of society effort involving all ministries, sectors, local agencies, businesses, individuals, and communities. In the process, our youth play an essential role. Every action, even the smallest, has the potential to have an immense impact,” said Ms. Ramla Khalidi, Resident Representative of UNDP in Viet Nam. “UNDP is committed to building youth capacity, amplifying their voices, and supporting them to participate in dealing with the biggest challenge of our time and in the transition to a greener and more resilient future.”

Speaking at the ceremony, VNDMA Deputy Director Mr. Nguyen Van Tien expressed: “I hope and believe that, following the competition, communication initiatives will be widely disseminated to all of society, helping people and communities improve their resilience to natural disasters and climate change.”
Media contact:  
Phan Hương Giang,
UNDP Media and Communications Analyst, Climate change and Environment