UN essay contest for uni students

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.

The essay contest would see 60 university students selected worldwide to participate in the Global Youth conference on the Sustainable Development Agenda in Northeastern University, Boston, USA.

According to United Nations resident co-ordinator’s office, this gives the opportunity to the three Papua New Guinea state universities to participate in the contest.

Six 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 trip (Airfare, accommodation and meals inclusive) to Boston and New York City on July 15 to 26, 2017.

Participants are required to write an original essay (2000 words or fewer) discussing global citizenship and cultural understanding, and the role that multilingual ability can play in fostering these.

The essay should reflect participant’s personal, academic, cultural and national context. A participant must be a full-time 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.

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.

Essay submission deadline: Thursday, March 16, 2017, at 11:59 pm eastern standard time (est), United States.




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