From a pool of over 1,200 entrants, 70 students from 42 countries representing 60 universities have been selected as winners of the Many Languages, One World international essay contest. The contest is organized by ELS Educational Services, Inc. and the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI).
The students have been invited to attend the Many Languages, One World Global Youth Forum at UNAI member Adelphi University in Garden City, New York from July 20-26, 2015. The event culminates in a trip to speak at the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York.
The Many Languages, One World contest challenged college and university students from around the globe to write an essay examining the post-2015 global development agenda of the United Nations. The essay must be submitted in one of the six official United Nations languages, which is not the student’s first-language, or the principal language of instruction in their primary or secondary education. In many cases, students submitted essays in their third or fourth language. More than 3,500 people from 130 countries took part in the initial phase of the contest.
The official languages of the United Nations are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
Students who participated in the contest are pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as Doctoral candidates. Winners attend prestigious international universities such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), Yonsei University (South Korea), and Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France). Their fields of study include art, human rights, medicine, engineering, law, business management, communications, international relations, and linguistics.
2015 marks the second year of the Many Languages, One World Essay Contest and Global Youth Forum.
For more information please visit the Many Languages One World website.
Watch the full webcast at: Global Youth Forum on Multilingualism: Many Languages, One World 2015
Hear the Voices of Our Past Winners!
Over the past four years, the Many Languages, One World® essay contest has brought students together and empowered them to share ideas on how multilingualism and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals can drive us to a brighter future. These global citizens have displayed a passion for global change, and have opened the doors to countless opportunities.
In 2018, we are pausing the contest to take a look back and celebrate their successes. This year, we will be releasing a series of videos and webcast of our past winners.
Hear from Many Languages, One World 2017 winner Serhii Lashyn as he shares his experience as an MLOW winner and speaks about what he has been working on since the event!
Serhii Lashyn, Ukraine
2017 Many Languages, One World Winner
Language of Essay: Russian
Sustainable Development Goal 9: “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.”
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