25 March 2014

“Many Languages One World” contest draws over 1,000 entries


Through the earbuds you can follow the meeting in any of the six official UN languages

A panel of international judges, convened by UNAI and drawn from language programes of the United Nations, will now review the essays and make final selections.  Semi-finalists will be announced by 15 April 2014.

Organized by UNAI and ELS Language Services, the contest was open to university and college students who were invited to write an essay on global citizenship and understanding, one of the 10 principles of UNAI.  The students were asked to write their essays in one of the six official UN languages, which must not be their mother-tongue, or the medium of instruction of their education.

The people who participated in the contest ranged from college freshmen to Doctoral candidates, and their fields of study ran the academic gamut, including all of the arts and sciences, medicine, pharmacy and dentistry; engineering, law, business, finance and management, agriculture, architecture, communications and linguistics and translation.  A large number of publications across the globe picked up this story, and social media platforms, especially Facebook and Twitter, provided strong support.    

The official launch of the competition took place on 14 October 2013 with a signing ceremony at UN Headquarters between the UN Department of Public Information and the ELS Educational Services.  The essay competition will culminate in an international conference of selected winners, who will be awarded a full expense paid 5 day trip to New York where they will convene in a United Nations Youth Forum and Conference at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.