“Imagine you are a tree living in a forest. Write a letter to someone to explain why it is important to protect forests.”
As part of the International Year of Forests 2011, the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat partnered with the Universal Postal Union (UPU) to organise the 40th international letter writing competition for young people. Created by the 1969 Tokyo Congress and officially launched in 1971, the competition offers millions of children and young adults the chance to understand the key social role that postal services play, while developing their composition skills and fostering the spirit of amity, internationally.
This year’s theme coincided with Forests 2011, prompting youngsters to imagine themselves as trees writing to people and explaining the importance of forest protection and conservation. Letters in the running originated from 61 UPU member countries. Winners were chosen based on the author’s ability to compellingly spread awareness on the proposed theme. This year’s first place is shared by Charlée Gittens from Barbados and Wang Sa from China. They will be joined by winners from Grenada and Botswana in receiving gold, silver and bronze medals, correspondingly, at awards ceremonies held in their respective countries on 9 October, World Post Day.