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Many Languages One World Essay Contest 2015

Deadline: 25-Mar-2015

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Many Languages, One World
 
2015 Student Essay Contest and Global Youth Forum
 
Share your ideas and be heard... perhaps even in the General Assembly of the United Nations!

70 Students will be selected as delegates to the 2015 United Nations Academic Impact Global Youth Forum where they will create plans of action related to the United Nations Post-2015 Global Development Agenda. The students will present these plans of action at United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

Airfare, Room and Meals will be provided by ELS Educational Services, Inc.
 
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 recognizes, 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 11:59pm EST
 
Contest Rules
 
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, which 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.
 
The essay should relate 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. Students wishing to participate ("Entrants") are encouraged to visit the website www.sustainabledevelopment.un.org for background material in this regard.
 
Entries, of up to 2,000 words in length should be in an official language of the United Nations that is not the first language of the Entrant or the principal language of instruction in his or her primary or secondary education. The official languages of the United Nations are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. For complete information on how to enter, please visit the How To Enter tab.
A Faculty Member or other representative authorized by the academic institution will be required to complete a Reference Form attesting that the Entrant is a current full-time student of the institution in good standing, that the essay is written in a language that is not the Entrant's first language or the principal language of instruction during the Entrant's primary or secondary education, and that the entry is the original, unaided work of the entrant. Entries must be uploaded in MS Word format to the websiteManyLanguagesOneWorld.ELS.edu by Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time.
 
A panel of judges will decide upon a total of 70 Winners of the contest - 10 in each of the 6 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, preceded by a preparatory students' conference at Adelphi University sponsored and arranged by ELS Educational Services, Inc.
 
During the preparatory conference, Winners will work with their language group to prepare plans of action which could be undertaken by student and local communities towards the realization of the United Nations post-2015 global development agenda. These plans will be presented at the Global Youth Forum at United Nations Headquarters. Please note that Winners will not be reading or presenting the text of their essays at this event.
 
ELS will pay for the Winners' roundtrip economy class airfares in carriers of its choosing between the commercial airport nearest the Winner's home city and New York, and be responsible for their travel, room and meals for the duration of the conference. Sightseeing and recreation will be arranged by ELS.
No extensions of stay or early arrivals will be possible. Winners are responsible for all documentation relating to their journey, including passports and visas and the costs related to these. ELS will provide basic emergency medical insurance for their journey and temporary stay in the United States.
 
All Winners will be given certificates of participation by ELS, signifying they have participated in the Global Youth Forum arranged in cooperation with the United Nations Academic Impact and in celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations.
 
As a condition of participation, Students will agree to waive liability for both Adelphi University and the United Nations specifying they understand that ELS is the organizer and they agree to hold both Adelphi and the United Nations harmless for any injury or liability which might occur while they are on the campus of the university or at the United Nations.

Eligibility

On the Student Entry Form, participants will have to acknowledge that they have read, understood and agree to accept the Indemnification, Limitation of Liability and Release statements below:

How to Enter
Essay Topic
The essay should relate 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. Students wishing to participate (“Entrants”) are encouraged to visit the website sustainabledevelopment.un.org for background material in this regard.
Entries, of up to 2,000 words in length should be in an official language of the United Nations that is not the first language of the Entrant or the principal language of instruction in his or her primary or secondary education. The official languages of the United Nations are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. For complete contest rules and information on how to enter, please visit the Contest Rules tab.
Eligibility Guidelines
  1. Full-time college or university students, 18 years of age or older by March 25, 2015, can participate in the contest.
  2. A University Faculty Member or Authorized Representative must sponsor your participation in the contest by completing the form under the tab: Faculty/University Reference Form. The university representative must attest that you are a full time student in good standing and that you are submitting an essay in an official language of the United Nations that is not your first language or principal language of instruction in your primary or secondary education. S/He must also attest that the essay you are submitting is your own, unaided work.
  3. Functional knowledge of English is required in order to use the UN websites to conduct research on the essay topic and for participation in the preparatory conference.
How To Enter
  1. Write your essay according to the contest rules and eligibility guidelines.
  2. Show your essay to a University Faculty Member or Authorized Representative who can attest to the fact that you have followed the contest rules.
  3. Have that Faculty Member or University Administrator complete the Faculty/University Reference Form in support of your participation in the contest.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Essays must be received by 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 in order to qualify.

Selection Process
Step 1: Two panels of judges will read and evaluate essays on the quality of ideas expressed and their fluency of language. These two scores will be combined, and the top essayists will pass to the interview stage of the competition.
Step 2: The top essayists will be invited to complete a personal interview regarding their essay, in the language of their essay. This interview will be conducted online via SKYPE by a panel of international judges.
Step 3: Winners will be selected based on the scoring of Step 1 and Step 2. Selection criteria includes the originality and quality of thought and the written and spoken language proficiency in the essay and interview.
Notification
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. By mid-May, ELS Educational Services, Inc. will begin notifying Winners. ELS Educational Services, Inc. will send Winners a letter of invitation to the 2015 Global Youth Forum and ELS Preparatory Conference. At that time, Winners will also receive complete rules of participation for the ELS Preparatory Conference. Winners are required to sign a statement promising to abide by all of these, and acknowledging that they will be sent home immediately, at their expense, if they disobey any of them.* Winners will also receive detailed instructions about visa application, e-ticketing for the round trip (non- refundable) air ticket*, arrival procedures and the tentative agenda of Conference, which will take place in July 2015.
*No e-ticket will be issued until the Winner's signed statement has been received by Many Languages, One World.
 
 

How to apply?

  1. What does "first language" mean?
    Your first language is the language you grew up speaking - for example at school or at home.
  2. What is meant by Language of Instruction?
    Language of instruction means the principal language that your primary and secondary school classes were taught in.
  3. I grew up speaking two languages and speak them fluently, can I write in one of them if it is an official language of the United Nations?
    Many people grow up speaking two languages, for example their parents each speak a different language and they were raised in both languages. Students attending bilingual international schools or International Baccalaureate schools would also be an example of this. The purpose of this contest is to encourage multilingualism and the study of a new language. Therefore, if you grew up speaking one of the official language

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