Imagine Blue Peace Finalists Revealed!

The Geneva Water Hub, the International Secretariat for Water and the World youth Parliament for Water are pleased to announce that following a global call for youth visions under the theme of “water as an instrument for peace” over 130 submissions from young people aged 18-35 were received.

The winner and semi-finalists each produced work that will inspire a cultural understanding of water and peace. Their entries will have a social impact and be a featured resource on the Youth for Water and Peace platform – with a new submission being added each month – so stay tuned!

And the winner is….

“Water and Peace 2.0 Youth Outlook, 2019” by Nataliya Chemayeva, in collaboration with an international group of young water specialists.

The submission presented under the category of modern media will be featured during the Budapest Water Summit (15-17 October 2019) – with the winner presented during the Geneva Peace Week (4-8 November 2019).


In keeping with the theme of innovation, young people were challenged in this call to approach a familiar theme in a novel way. Take a look to see how the results proved to be inspiring!

Using a variety of mediums these semi-finalists were able to give visibility to conversations about water and peace. Together their work and vision for Blue Peace demonstrates the value of including the next-generation in developing solutions for the shared flowing waters that bring peace.

Literature – short stories, poems, essays

  • “Proportion” by Miguel Enrico Robles.
  • “La paix par l’or bleu” by Lazare Modeste Niampa.

Modern media – animated videos, augmented reality, GIFs

  • “Water and Peace 2.0” By Nataliya Chemayeva, Mirsaid Uzakov, Bota Sharipova, Nargiza Osmonova.
  • “MERA” by Antonia Burchard-Levine, Nabi Agzamov, Antonia Burchard-Levine, Olga Cherniakova, Nashin Mahtani, and Evgenia Vanyukova.

Music – a movement you have composed

  • “Record Keeper” by Adam Bagatavicius.
  • “Come to the river” by Vitoru Kinjo.

Performing Arts – drama, monologue, dance

  • “Water a teacher, a healer, a mirror!” by Eva Kolarova.
  • “Teniz” by Doszhan Tabyldy.

Visual Art – a painting, photography, sculpture

  • “Blue Justice: Water between its Scarcity and Resilient” by Stephanye Zarama Alvarado.
  • “Bridging Lives” by James Ernest Dela Torre.
  • “The Key” by Katherine Pittard.

Congratulations to everyone who participated!

This call for proposals has been designed to provide a place for reflection and creativity, as well as to enable young people to formulate messages as well as perspectives on water as an instrument for peace. It was organized under the Youth for Water and Peace platform by the World Youth Parliament for Water (WYPW), the International Secretariat for Water – Solidarity Water Europe (ISW-SWE) and the Geneva Water Hub. It is also made possible thanks to the contribution of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

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* The selected youth-led visions are representative of a broader movement featuring a diversity of ideas and are not necessarily the opinions of the Geneva Water Hub, International Secretariat for Water – Solidarity Water Europe (ISW-SWE), and the World Youth Parliament for Water.