1. Introduction

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is the agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. 

Inclusive Communities, Thriving Cities Programme is UN-Habitat's Flagship for the reduction of poverty and inequality. It acts as a convening partner for multistakeholder collaboration and technical and financial resource mobilisation to promote inclusive, green and healthy urban regeneration processes, localising the Sustainable Development Goals and advancing the objectives of the New Urban Agenda.

My Urban Vision – Digital Art Competition

UN-Habitat’s “Inclusive Communities, Thriving Cities” Programme invites professional and emerging artists worldwide to participate in a digital art competition on the theme “My Urban Vision”.  The participants are invited to use their creativity to inspire change, leveraging their voices and vision for an inclusive and sustainable urban future. 

Participation is free of charge and the submission deadline is 30 June 2024.

Description of the Competition

Under the theme of ‘My Urban Vision’, the competition invites artists to submit digitally created artwork that reflect their vision for an inclusive and sustainable urban future. 

The participant must choose one of the categories for the competition:

1). Inclusive and sustainable communities:

Demonstrate vibrant urban space where diversity is celebrated, illustrating green spaces, social cohesion and the right to the city. The artwork should express social, environmental, cultural and economic aspects of an inclusive and sustainable community.


2). Climate resilience in urban areas:

Demonstrate how nature-based solutions can enhance cities' ability to adapt to climate change and mitigate its effects. The artwork should express social, environmental, cultural and economic benefits of climate resilient cities.

3). Adequate housing and services for all:

Demonstrate how affordable adequate housing and services can promote neighbourhood diversity, social mix, vibrancy, sense of community and belonging. The artwork should express social, environmental, cultural and economic benefits of a well served neighbourhood with diverse housing types.

Participants are encouraged to express their creativity using various illustration formats such as digital drawing or painting, vector graphics, infographics, typography or lettering designs, 3D modelling, artificial intelligence, rendering, digital photo manipulation and others. 

Why Participate and UN-Habitat's Contribution

  • Selected artwork will be featured in future publications by UN-Habitat's Inclusive Communities Thriving Cities. 
  • Authors of selected artworks will receive a digital recognition certificate from the organiser partners.
  • One winner of each category of the competition will receive an Award digital certificate from the organiser partners and will be featured in media articles.

2. Submission Requirements and Guidelines

The artwork should be in PNG or TIFF and suitable for printing to ensure quality for reports and other documents. The file format should be A3 (portrait or landscape) and sent in 300 DPI resolution. 

Participants should submit the file of the artwork through the online Application Form, responding to all the questions. It is required to add a description of the artwork explaining how it is related to the theme of the competition and to the category chosen. Further details and instructions can be found in the Concept Note and Participation Guide. 

Contact Information

Inclusive Communities Thriving Cities 

Planning Finance and Economy Section, Urban Practices Branch, Global Solutions Division

United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

P.O. Box 30030, Nairobi, Kenya

3. Other

Please note that this EOI notice does not constitute a solicitation. UN-Habitat reserves the right to change or cancel this requirement at any time in the Expressions of Interest/or solicitation process.

Submitting a reply to an EOI does not guarantee that a Cooperation Partner will be considered for receipt of the solicitation when issued and only Cooperation Partners who are deemed qualified by UN-Habitat upon completion of the evaluation of submission will receive the final solicitation document.

Concept Note

Participation Guide