UNESCO International Competition on Green & Accessible Cities 2022

UNESCO Calling for Students Worldwide to Participate in International Competition on Green and Accessible Cities

An accessible and inclusive environment is the foundation for all people, including persons with disabilities, to participate fully and equally in society. UNESCO is committed to promoting the construction of an accessible information and physical environment for all, including the construction of inclusive cities.

Co-organized by UNESCO Beijing Cluster Office and Wuhan University of Technology in China, the International Student Competition on Green and Accessible Cities aims to promote the construction of an accessible environment and advocate for the development of inclusive cities while taking into consideration of environmental impact.


  • Theme

The Competition’s theme “Green with Love, Smart without Obstacles” reflects the major opportunities and challenges in the current urban development sphere, namely disability inclusion, accessibility development and environmental protection. Under this theme, the Competition invites participants to contribute their ideas on how to make cities more accessible and sustainable through innovative approaches at the theoretical and practical level. 


  • Competition tracks
  1. Design track

Participants are invited to carry out urban design projects to ensure accesibility and inclusivity for a newly developed district within Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Participants are expected to take into consideration of concerns regarding environmental protection, sustainability, and the protection of historical buildings.

  1. Research track

Participants are invited to conduct research studies and submit original papers including research analysis, case studies, best practices, and recommendations that shed light on the conceptual, theoretical and/or practical aspect of an accessible environment at community, district, or city level.


  • Eligible participants

The Competition gives full play to the innovative ability of university students worldwide. Students enrolled in universities (including full-time undergraduate students, postgraduate students, and doctoral students) are eligible to participate in the competition as individuals or in teams. Universities are encouraged to recommend students to participate in the competition.


  • Deadlines
  1. Registration: until 31 October 2022
  2. Submission of work: 1 September – 30 November 2022


  • Awards

Awards include first prize, second prize, third prize, excellence award, and excellent instructor award.

Winners will be selected and awarded at the International Academic Conference and Award-winning Ceremony in December 2022.



Please contact the Communication and Information Sector (s.wei@unesco.org(link sends e-mail)) at UNESCO Beijing Cluster Office for inquiries regarding the Competition.