Slogan contest

21 August - 31 December 2012

The slogan contest is now closed. The selected slogan "Water, Water Everywhere, Only if We Share" submitted by Megha Kumar was announced at the Launch Ceremony of the International Year of Water Cooperation in Paris on 11 February 2013. 

We have received 12 151 slogan proposals, from 5 654 people in 180 countries. We thank all of those who participated and shared with us their vision of water cooperation! Our selection committee comprising representatives from UN-Water, UNESCO, UNECE and UN-DPAC then exceptionnally selected 6 slogans instead of the 3 announced because we received so many and 6 of them obtained close score. 
Almost 3 000 people participated in the final poll that determined the official slogan for the International Year of Water Cooperation and the World Water Day 2013.

Conditions of the contest:

Eligibility: The contest is open to anyone regardless of age, country of origin, etc. UN-Water and UNESCO employees or immediate family members, as well as those of any of the partners involved in the campaign for Water Cooperation 2013, are not eligible to enter the contest.

Submissions: Submissions are exclusively online. Entrants are entitled to submit any number of slogan proposals, but must complete a separate form for each proposal submitted.

Judging: Selection of the top three entries will be made by a committee comprising representatives from UN-Water, UNESCO and their partners. An online poll taking place from 30 November to 25 December 2012 will determine the overall winner of the contest.

Submission of entries: 27 August - 15 November 2012

Online Poll to vote for winning entry: 30 November - 25 December 2012

Announcement of the winner: 31 December 2012. The winner will be notified by email prior to an announcement appearing on the website.

Language: all entries should be submitted in English.


The slogan must be written in clear, concise English and reflect the aim of the campaign for Water Cooperation 2013. We are looking for a short, catchy slogan that is easy to understand and appeals to a wide audience.
The slogan should encapsulate the aim of the campaign, i.e. –raising awareness of the potential for increased cooperation surrounding water, while addressing the challenges facing water management and allocation in light of the growing demands for water to satisfy multiple needs.
The Selection committee will evaluate entries based on originality, creativity, and relevance to the topic and purpose of the campaign. UN-Water and UNESCO reserve the right to refuse any slogan they deem inappropriate.
By entering the contest, the winner grants UN-Water exclusive rights to the winning slogan for use in any format during the campaign for Water Cooperation 2013.

Prize: The winner will be invited to the kick-off meeting for the UN Year of Water Cooperation 2013 campaign, taking place on 11 February 2013 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. The prize includes return economy airfare to Paris and two nights’ accommodation for the winner.