The BKMC believes that promoting global citizenship (SDG 4.7) will foster a new generation of leaders who cultivate empathy, sustainability and human rights. Digital technology helps us to overcome barriers and stimulates new ideas, whereas art has the power to act as a catalyst for protest and activism.

The BKMC Poster Design Competition asked all changemakers out there to send us their vision of a global citizen, encouraging them to use their creativity as a communication tool that will inspire others to take action.

Over 200 individual posters from 45+ different countries from each continent were submitted, depicting a world of solidarity, diversity and equality through global citizenship. The diversity of the submitted posters perfectly mirrors the broad scope of global citizenship.

The top 3 winners were selected by our stellar jury committee consisting of the Austrian renowned graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister, African Youth Envoy Aya Chebbi, as well as Co-chairs Ban Ki-moon and Heinz Fischer.



First Place

Sara Olmez_UK

Second Place


Third Place

Jordi Sabate_USA
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Sara Olmez

United Kingdom

“My inspiration for my poster was to communicate the need for humanity to work together to create a better future for all!”

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Moisés Romero


” Designers and society in general need to commit to have a better world. We can learn empathy and have better society. “

Picture Jordi Sabate

Jordi Sabaté


“When we stop looking at the world through borders that separate us, we can become a more united and stronger human race.”

*The Ban Ki-moon Centre reserves all copyrights of the posters.

Meet the Jury 

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Aya Chebbi, is 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.

Stefan Stagmeister


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. Nominated eight times he won two Grammies for the Talking Heads and Brian Eno & David Byrne package designs. 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. A comprehensive book titled “Things I have Learned in my Life so far” was published by Abrams. 

He teaches at 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. As a Fulbright Scholar, a master’s degree from Pratt Institute in NY.



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

Ban Ki-moon


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