1. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
and the international news agency IPS Inter Press
Service invite entries for a Journalism Competition
on "Latin America and the Millennium Development
2. The articles submitted must be devoted to the
main issues addressed by the Millennium Development
Goals -- poverty, hunger, primary education, gender
inequity and equal participation by women, maternal
health and infant mortality, the fight against AIDS
and other diseases, environmental sustainability
-- their causes and ways of overcoming them, and
promoting a global partnership for development.
3. The competition will award prizes to the best
five reports, features, stories, interviews or news
articles of any kind, published between October
1, 2006 and June 30, 2007 in a printed medium with
a permanent periodical circulation in Latin America
and the Caribbean.
4. The three articles judged to be the best will
be awarded prizes of 5,000 US dollars (USD), USD
2,500 and USD 1,000, respectively. The top five
articles will appear in a book to be published by
the end of 2007, together with a selection of news
articles produced by IPS on the same subject, written
within the same time period as that specified for
5. Latin American and Caribbean media professionals
may enter this competition individually, as a group,
as a team or representing a communications medium.
In the case of group or team entrants, they may
include professionals in areas other than social
communication whose work has been published by a
printed means of communication.
6. Articles may be submitted in Spanish, Portuguese,
French or English.
7. The winning entries will be selected by an international
jury with five members, chosen by agreement between
the organisers from among representatives of organisations
working to achieve the Millennium Development Goals,
and of the worlds of culture and communications.
The jury will make their decisions by simple majority,
and their decisions shall be final.
8. The winning entries will be announced before
October 1, 2007, at a time and place to be decided
by the organisers.
9. Entry Requirements:
a. One (1) copy of the original publication plus
five (5) typed copies (if the entry is being sent
by post); OR the original publication, full-page,
and the medium's certification, both scanned at
100% at a definition of 150 dpi/ppp, plus the article
transcribed as a Word file (if the entry is being
sent by electronic mail).
b. It is essential to include certification by the
medium, specifying the date of publication of the
c. Articles in English or French must be accompanied
by a translation into Spanish or Portuguese.
d. The Registration Form attached to these Regulations
must be completed.
e. All materials, whether they are sent by post
or by electronic mail, must be sent together in
a single package.
10. Candidates should send their work and the specified
documentation by post to:
IPS Inter Press Service
Sede Regional América Latina
Juan Carlos Gómez 1445/piso 1
11000 Montevideo – Uruguay
OR by electronic mail to: concursoODM@ipslatam.net
Submissions arriving at these destinations later
than July 15, 2007 will not be accepted. The organisers
will send an e-mail to confirm receipt of the material
11. Completing the Registration Form implies that
the candidate accepts these Regulations. Candidates
who do not fulfil all the requirements will not
be considered by the jury.
12. If a group or team from a communications medium
is awarded a Prize, the Prize shall be given to
the designated person whose name appears on the
Entry Form, or failing that to the first-named author.
13. If a Prize is awarded to a deceased author,
it shall be given to his or her legal heirs, or
to their nominee.
14. UNDP and IPS shall be authorised to use any
or all of the entries for publication and broadcasting
purposes, which shall be not-for-profit. On no account
shall any originals be returned to authors.
15. Employees and direct collaborators of UNDP
and IPS shall not be eligible to be considered for
16. The Jury may choose not to award a given Prize
for lack of qualified candidates.
17. Candidates may enter more than one article.
18. Candidates may be presented by professional
associations of communicators, the communications
media, representatives of UNDP and IPS in Latin
America and the Caribbean, and all associations,
agencies and personalities involved in the fulfilment
of the Millennium Development Goals, with the author's
19. Work that has previously been entered, or won
prizes, in other communication competitions at local
or national level, may be entered for this Competition.