The United Nations (UN) and ELS Educational Services have announced the third edition of Many Languages, One World Contest and Global Youth Forum for 2016. The contest will qualify contestants for a trip to New York to participate in the UN Global Youth Forum.
It is aimed at supporting multilingualism and recognising the impact of the UN’s six official languages – Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. Students will be asked to write their essays in their second or third language. For full contest details, rules and entry guidelines, visit ManyLanguagesOneWorld.ELS.edu. For this year’s contest, 10 winners will be selected from entries in each language for a total of 60 winners. Winners will receive an all-expense paid trip to New York in July 2016.
They will attend a five-day Global Youth Forum on Hofstra University campus, US, to prepare to present their views at UN headquarters. At the Global Youth Forum, the students will create plans of action addressing selected topics. They will also get to interact with invited international scholars and tour New York City. The deadline for essay submissions is March 31, 2016.
In 2015, more than 3,500 people from 130 countries took part in the initial phase of the contest.
Students 18 years of age and older currently enrolled in a full-time degree programme at university are eligible to compete to win a place as a delegate to the Global Youth Forum. They must be recommended by a university faculty member or authorised university representative to participate. The essay, not exceeding 2,000 words, should explore how multilingual ability advances global citizenship and cultural understanding. It should reflect the entrant’s academic, cultural and national context. Entries should be in an official language of the UN that is not the first language of the entrant.