7 January 2015

Many Languages One World contest

The Many Languages One World contest took place for the first time last year as a result of a partnership between UNAI and ELS. It was a remarkable success with almost 4,000 people participating in some phase of the contest. The expectation was that it would generate interest among those college and university students who planned to pursue a career in international diplomacy or multilateralism. Participating students were from 128 countries representing every part of the world and level of education. With sixty students from around the world qualifying to participate in a Global Youth Forum at the United Nations Headquarters – counting ten representatives from each official UN language group - the goal was to highlight the role of multilingualism in a globalized world.

This year, the entry essays should relate to the post-2015 global development agenda, while identifying new goals which reflect of global sustainable development that recognizes, and is enriched by, cultural and linguistic diversity.In recognition of UN70, this year's contest has as a theme "Seventy for Seventy"; there will be a total of seventy winners, ten in each of the six official United Nations languages and an additional 10 chosen on merit from the remaining entries in all languages. These Winners will be invited to New York to participate in a series of events during the week of July 20-26, 2015. These events will include a Global Youth Forum on the sustainable development agenda in the context of multilingualism, cultural diversity and global citizenship at United Nations Headquarters.

For further information, please visit The Many Languages, One World website  

To participate :  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. You are encouraged to visit the website sustainabledevelopment.un.org for background material in this regard.

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. To enter, you must be a full-time university student and must be 18 years of age or older by March 25, 2015. Your participation must be sponsored by a Faculty Member or Authorized representative at the university you are currently attending.

Essay submission deadline: Wednesday March 25, 2015 at 11: 59 pm EST

The Many languages one world contest rules are now available in 6 languages, please visit the links bellow:

- Arabic Version

- Chinese Version

- English Version

- French Version

- Russian Version

- Spanish Version