UN to sponsor Award for essay contest

The United Nations is sponsoring an essay contest and Global Youth Forum on languages.

The contest will cover university students only who are to write an essay about 2,000 words long, or less on global citizenship and  cultural understanding, and how different languages can play a part in fostering this.

Participants need to be 18 years or older and must write the essay in the participants second language.

Altogether 60 students will be awarded a chance of a lifetime to travel to the United States of America to attend the Global Youth Forum.

The United Nations Academic Impact in collaboration with ELS Educational Services will sponsor the fourth Many Languages, One World® Student Essay Contest and Global Youth Forum.

This year welcomes Northeastern University (Boston, USA) as the host of the Many Languages, One World Global Youth Forum and the sponsor and organiser of the Northeastern University Global Youth Conference.

The essay should reflect participant’s personal, academic, cultural and national context. A participant must be a fulltime university student, referred and endorsed by a faculty member or university representative, and must be 18 years of age or older by the contest deadline.

Sixty winners will be selected as delegates to the 2017 Many Languages, One World Global Youth Forum, where they will create action plans related to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in one of the six official languages of the United Nations.

ELS Educational Services, Inc. will award each winner with an all-expense paid trip to Boston and New York City between July 15-26, 2017.  

At the Global Youth Forum, the students will create action plans addressing selected topics from the Sustainable Development Agenda, and will present their views at United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Airfare, accommodations and meals will be provided by ELS Educational Services, Inc.

Participants are required to write an original essay (2,000 words or fewer) discussing global citizenship and cultural understanding, and the role that multilingual ability can play in fostering these. 

To qualify, essays must be written in an official language of the United Nations that is neither participant’s first language nor the medium of instruction in either participant’s primary or secondary education. Participant will need to demonstrate both written and verbal competency in the language of the essay. 

Essay Submission Deadline is Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), United States

For more details please visit https://www.manylanguagesoneworld.org/


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