International Collaboration

International Collaboration under the 3 recommended themes of
Sustainable Development Goals  

Goal 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
Goal 12 Responsible Consumption and Production
Goal 13 Climate Action


General information:

This category is open to individual or groups of students through their school, college, university or youth group in countries running YRE programme who decide to collaborate and exchange information and prepare one joint article that will be submitted to the competition as a joint effort.  

Submissions for International Collaboration will be submitted directly to the International Jury through the National Operator in one of the countries collaborated. If the submission wins, schools from both countries will be awarded.

Sustainable Cities and Communities (Goal 11), Responsible Consumption and Production (Goal 12) and Climate Action (Goal 13) are this year’s recommended themes for International Collaboration. The participants are however, invited to select any of the 17 Goals. 


Before starting...

It is strongly recommended to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals and the each goal through the website:

An educational tool, is a great platform for students to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals. The platform provides courses on each goal and is now available for some of the Goals. It is also recommended to go through the course before writing an article. We will announce when the course is ready and you can start learning on



The YRE Theme International Collaboration – Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP), including Sustainable Lifestyles is open to youth aged 15-18 whether participating through their school or college. It is the participant's age on the day they submit their entry to the National Competition that must be given. This is a group project for a group of students/individuals from school classes. Those submitting one joint article as a group project must submit in the age category of the oldest member of their group from both countries.


Form of entry

The submission must be a form of “Article” and a collaborative work between 2 countries, and it is open for the age category 15-18 years old. 


Competition criteria:

Not meeting the International Competition's acceptance criteria results in disqualification. 

Submissions must include:

  1. The name of the author(s)
  2. Their age on the day of submission to the National Competition
  3. The name of their registered school or group
  4. Their country of residence and registration, which may differ

They must also:

  • be the correct length, size and format, etc; see the Rules below
  • be submitted in written English
  • be focused on a pertinent (real and current) local issue
  • concentrate on possible solutions or present existing possible solutions through an expert (different local stakeholders)
  • have been disseminated to a local audience through more than three different outlets
  • pictures which are not original and used in the Article must be accredited and have permission for usage.
  • the title of the entry should have no more than 20 words (max. 100 characters)
  • include a summary of how their submission addresses the topic (one paragraph)




  • Written submissions must not exceed 1,000 words (after translation) in length and may include illustrations and photographs. The source of all non-original illustrations must be accredited.
  • A title not exceeding 100 characters (max 20 words) is recommended, for compatibility with Twitter.
  • Articles must be sent digitally in Microsoft Word or .pdf format with accompanying pictures following the photographic guidelines.
  • Original photographs should also be sent separately (see in what format under the photograph guidelines).
  • A maximum of three pictures are allowed with captions of maximum 20 words for each.
  • All submissions must be accompanied by a note describing dissemination to a local audience (where it was published, exhibited, shown, broadcast). National Operators will forward the article that wins to the International Competition. Students may submit more than one type of submission and can work individually or in groups.
  • Registering gives FEE the right to promote and use submissions accrediting the author. Necessary permission, e.g. for photographing children are the responsibility of the author and must, therefore, be sought.


Judging Criteria - can be found here

Calendar - can be found here