Winners will be sponsored to participate in a Global Youth Forum to take place between June 25-29, 2014 at the United Nations in New York City. June 2014 marks the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations and as part of the United Nations Academic Impact global initiative, we are pleased to announce a global essay contest. Winning essayists will be invited to come to New York City for the 2014 Many Languages, One World Global Youth Forum. Accommodations and meals will be provided on the campus of Adelphi University located in Garden City, New York.
ELS Educational Services, Inc. (ELS) and the United Nations Academic Impact global initiative are working together to promote multilingualism through the Many Languages, One World Essay Competition and Global Youth Forum. The goal is to promote multilingualism and the continued study of the United Nations’ six official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. To qualify, entries must be in an official language of the United Nations that is not the entrant’s first language or language of instruction in his or her primary or secondary education.
“Our collaboration focuses on two of the priorities of the Secretary-General, one being youth and the other multiculturalism, and this is a wonderful way of bringing those two together,” said Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information of the United Nations, following the signing ceremony launching the contest.
“The role of the UN is the role of every global citizen, which is to make peace and to look at ways to enhance the qualities of life, health, and spiritual fulfillment of peoples around the world through common understanding achieved through dialogue, through a language spoken in common,” said Mark W. Harris, CEO and President of ELS, who will provide sponsorship for the event.
Ten winners will be selected for each of the six official UN languages for a total of sixty- those 60 essay competition winners will be invited to New York where they will attend the UN Many Languages, One World Global Youth Forum. ELS will sponsor travel, room and meals for each of the contest winners to come to New York, from June 25-29, 2014 to participate in a conference to discuss principles of the UN Academic Impact and formulate action plans to address global issues. This interaction between speakers of many languages will demonstrate the benefits of multilingualism and multinational collaborative dialogue as part of the United Nations Academic Impact.
Essay contest winners will attend a conference at Adelphi University and will present the action plan outcomes of that dialogue at the United Nations Headquarters on June 27th. During the Global Youth Forum each language group will develop an action plan in support of selected principles of the United Nations Academic Impact initiative. The delegates will also have the opportunity to interact with student linguists from the USA and other countries who composed the winning essays. They will stay in student housing and share meals on the Adelphi campus located in lovely Garden City, New York and will also be taken on a tour of New York City. Many Languages, One World
Essay Contest Eligibility and Qualifications:
1. Students 18 years of age and older who are currently enrolled in a full-time program of study at a college or university are eligible to compete to win a place as a delegate to the Conference and Global Youth Forum.
2. The contestants must write their essay in one of the six official languages of the United Nations: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish. Entries must be in an official language of the United Nations that is not the entrant’s first language or language of instruction in his or her primary or secondary education.
3. The essay, not to exceed 2000 words, should explore: How multilingual ability advances global citizenship and understanding. The essay should reflect the entrant’s academic, cultural and national context.
4. Each entrant must be sponsored by a faculty member or university official. Upon completion of the reference form, the student will receive an email with information on how to enter and upload their essay to the contest website.
The deadline for essay submissions is February 21, 2014.
Full competition details, including forms for entry and submission, are available at http://ManyLanguagesOneWorld.ELS.edu
Mr. Mark W. Harris
Mr. Ramu Damodaran
President & CEO
Deputy Director, Outreach Division
ELS Educational Services, Inc.
Chief United Nations Academic Impact Secretary