2015 UN Academic Impact Global Youth Forum & Student Essay Contest

2015 UN Academic Impact Global Youth Forum & Student Essay Contest

Deadline: March 25, 2015

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), in collaboration with ELS Educational Services, Inc., (ELS) invites students, 18 years of age or older, who are enrolled in a full-time course of study at a college or university, to participate in the Many Languages, One World Essay Contest. This contest  will decide the winning delegates to be invited to a Global Youth Forum and preparatory conference to be held in New York in July of 2015.

A total of 70 Winners will be chosen: 10 Winners for each of the six official UN languages, plus an additional 10 chosen on merit from the remaining entries in all languages.


  • Full-time college or university students, sponsored by a Faculty Member or University Representative, and must be 18 years of age or older, can participate in the contest.
  • Your participation must be sponsored by a Faculty Member or Authorized Representative at the university you are currently attending.
  • Entries must be in an official language of the United Nations that is not your first language and was not your principal language of instruction during your primary or secondary education.

Essay Details

  • Write an essay (2,000 words or less) related to the post-2015 global development agenda, in the context of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, and the definition of new goals reflecting the imperative of global sustainable development that recognises, and is enriched by, cultural and linguistic diversity
  • For background material visit sustainable development.

Prizes & Benefits

  • Invitation to attend  the Global Youth Forum in New York City by July 2015
  • Airfare, Room and Meals will be provided by ELS Educational Services, Inc.

How to Enter

  • Write your essay according to the contest rules and eligibility guidelines.
  • Show your essay to a University Faculty Member or Authorized Representative who can attest to the fact that you have followed the contest rules.
  • Have that Faculty Member or University Administrator complete the Faculty/University Reference Form in support of your participation in the contest.
  • Once the Reference Form has been received and verified by Many Languages, One World, you will receive an email with further information, and a link where you can complete your Student Entry Form and upload your essay to the contest website.
  • The Student Entry Form must be completed in its entirety, and in English. Incomplete forms will be disqualified. Be sure to include your national identity card number or passport number showing your name as it appears on your official documents or passport. Do not submit your photo.
  • At the bottom of the Student Entry form you will find the link to upload your essay to the contest website. The essay must be submitted in MS WORD format. Only essays submitted through this link will be accepted. You can only submit one essay.
  • Essays must be received by 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 in order to qualify.

For more information, visit ELS