Citizenship And Youth Culture Essay Contest

Dream of speaking at the UN? Want to work on the Global Goals? Check out this contest & your dream could come true!

from ELS

Share your ideas and be heard… perhaps even in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations!

60 Students will be selected as delegates to the 2016 United Nations Academic Impact Global Youth Forum, 25-31 July, 2016, where they will create action plans related to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The students will present these action plans at United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

Airfare, Room and Meals will be provided by ELS Educational Services, Inc.

To Participate:

Write an original essay (2,000 words or less) discussing global citizenship and cultural understanding and the role that multilingual ability can play in fostering these. The essay should reflect your personal, academic, cultural and national context. Essays must be written in an official language of the United Nations that is not your first language or primary language of instruction during your primary or secondary education. The official United Nations languages are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. You will need to demonstrate both written and verbal competency in the language of the essay. You must be a full-time university student, recommended and endorsed by a Faculty Member or University Representative, and must be 18 years of age or older by the contest deadline.

Essay Submission Deadline: Thursday, 31 March, 2016 at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time (EST)

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Hear the Voices of Our Past Winners!

Over the past four years, the Many Languages, One World® essay contest has brought students together and empowered them to share ideas on how multilingualism and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals can drive us to a brighter future. These global citizens have displayed a passion for global change, and have opened the doors to countless opportunities. 

In 2018, we are pausing the contest to take a look back and celebrate their successes.  This year, we will be releasing a series of videos and webcast of our past winners.  

Hear from Many Languages, One World 2017 winner Serhii Lashyn as he shares his experience as an MLOW winner and speaks about what he has been working on since the event!

Serhii Lashyn, Ukraine
2017 Many Languages, One World Winner
Language of Essay: Russian 
Sustainable Development Goal 9: “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.”


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