The theme chosen for the 2010 competition is: "Write a letter to someone to explain why it is important to talk about AIDS and to protect yourself against the disease".
This issue is part of the major awareness-raising project that the UPU has undertaken this year at post offices in six countries, putting up posters on HIV prevention. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNI Global Union are all cooperating with the UPU on this project.
You will find below the rules of the competition and the entry form, which must be enclosed with your entry. In addition, to help teachers discuss the topic with their students, the enclosed information sheet in the margin provides information and additional resources concerning the competition theme.
The best letter from each country must be submitted no later than 30 April 2010, and I urge all member countries to make a special effort to respect this deadline.
The UPU's international letter-writing competition for young people promotes letter writing among young people. The first competition was launched in 1971 and since then, millions of youngsters all over the world have participated in the competition at national and international level.
Each year, the UPU International Bureau chooses a theme, taking into consideration international commemorations and special events supported by the United Nations.
Participating Posts then organize the letter-writing competition at national level, often with the support of education authorities and the media. The UPU does not accept entries from individuals or schools. All entries must be submitted through a national post. Although the methods may vary from country to country, each Post chooses a national winner and submits one entry for the UPU international competition. The UPU sends on the entries received from participating member countries to UNESCO, who select the three first prize winners and up to four entries that deserve a special mention.
The competition is open to young people up to the age of 15. Entries must reach the UPU International Bureau no later than 30 April each year.
2010 Letter-Writing Competition
39th International letter-writing competition 23kB
Portuguese version 20kB
Rules of the competition 23kB
Portuguese version 22kB
Entry form 52kB
Portuguese version 87kB
2009 Letter-Writing Competition
Theme: Decent work 164kB
About Decent work
Press release 88k B
Themes since 1972 235kB
Winners since 1972 164kB
Winning compositions since 1972
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