What does global citizenship mean to you?

The Ban Ki-moon Centre encourages artists, designers, activists, students and change-makers to design a poster on global citizenship. We ask for you to use your creativity as a communication tool and inspire others to take action.

During the pandemic, we observed a rise in nationalism, xenophobia and global inequalities. We believe that promoting global citizenship will foster a new generation of leaders who cultivate empathy, sustainability, and human rights. Target 4.7 of the SDGs, education for global citizenship, may be the glue that holds all of it together.

Art has the power to visualize thoughts and emotions and is a catalyst for protest and activism. A poster competition should create ideas on global citizenship, a term coined by many nouns and adjectives but lacking visualization.


Creating a Common Identity: What does Global Citizenship mean to you?

How can a global citizen be portrayed? What does her or his environment look like? Which tools are being used in a global citizen’s daily life? What values, ideas, fears, and stories are inhabited? How can global citizenship contribute to the local community and transform society?

People from all sectors and countries around the world skilled in design, graphics and visual art. Participants should be older than 14 years. Individual and group submissions are accepted.

15 July 2020 – 15 October 2020

Submit your work via competition@bankimooncentre.org.

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Name, surname, preferred pronouns, birth year, resident city, name of the artwork. 

Please copy-paste the text below into your submission email to agree to our terms and conditions:

By submitting, I grant permission to the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens to use and publish my original artwork with the respective copyright for any purpose (social media, promotional materials, exhibitions, etc.) without further consent from or payment to me.

*More than one piece may be submitted. Please submit each artwork individually.

**The selection process will be anonymous.

Maximum file size: 10 MB
File type: JPEG and PNG
Method: All visual art, drawing methods, photography, graphic design, or digital illustrations will be accepted. (text is encouraged)

*The poster should be created such that it can be printed in an A1 format (Print resolution has to be 594 x 841 mm at 300 ppi ).

**The content should not discriminate against any group or country.

***The content must be an original piece by the artist.

For the first stage of the selection process the judges are:

Monika Froehler, Ban Ki-moon Centre, CEO

Katrin Harvey,  Ban Ki-moon Centre, COO

Jessica Besch,  Ban Ki-moon Centre, Project Lead

For the second stage of the selection process the judges are:

Stefan Sagmeister, Two-time Grammy Winner Graphic designer and Typographer based in New-York

Aya Chebbi, African Union Envoy on Youth

Ban Ki-moon, Ban Ki-moon Centre, Co-chair, 8th Secretary General of the United Nations

Heinz Fischer,  Ban Ki-moon Centre, Co-chair, 11th President of the Republic of Austria

The winner of the poster design competition will be awarded prize money.

First place:$1500 USD

Second place: $1000 USD

Third place: $800 USD

The selected top 3 applicants will be notified. First, second, and third place winners will be publicly announced and receive their prize.

Their artwork will be published on the BKMC website and social media accounts.

By submitting your work, you declare ownership of the work and deny plagiarism and infringement on third party copyright. You will be held accountable for any claims that may arise.

By submission, you grant the BKMC permission to use and publish the artwork with the respective copyright on social media, promotional materials, exhibitions and catalogues.  


Stefan Stagmeister

Stefan Sagmeister

In 1993 he formed the New York based Sagmeister Inc. and has since designed for clients as diverse as the Rolling Stones, HBO, and the Guggenheim Museum. Having been nominated eight times he finally won two Grammies for the Talking Heads and Brian Eno & David Byrne package designs. He also earned practically every important international design award.

A comprehensive book titled “Things I have Learned in my Life so far” was published by Abrams. Solo shows on his work have been mounted in Paris, Zurich, Vienna, Prague, Cologne, Berlin, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago Toronto, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul and Miami. The Happy Show attracted way over half of a million visitors worldwide and became the most visited graphic design show in history.

He teaches in the graduate department of the School of Visual Art in New York and lectures extensively on all continents. A native of Austria, he received his MFA from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and, as a Fulbright Scholar, a master’s degree from Pratt Institute in New York.

Aya Chebbi

Aya Chebbi

As a multi-award winning Pan-African feminist, she is the first-ever African Union Special Envoy on Youth and the youngest diplomat at the African Union Commission Chairperson’s Cabinet. She founded numerous platforms such as; Youth Programme of Holistic Empowerment Mentoring (YPHEM), Afrika Youth Movement (AYM) one of Africa’s largest Pan-African youth-led movements and Afresist, a Youth Leadership Program and multimedia platform documenting Youth work in Africa.

She served on the World Refugee Council and Oxfam Independent Commission on Sexual Misconduct. She received the 2019 Gates Foundation Campaign Award and was listed among Africa’s 50 Most Powerful Women by Forbes.


Heinz Fischer

11th President of the Republic of Austria & Co-chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens. Read more here. 


Ban Ki-moon

Ban Ki-moon

8th Secretary-General of the United Nations & Co-chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens. Read more here.