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UPDATE-June 30, 2014

The Many Languages, One World Essay Contest and Global Youth Forum was a great success. The event culminated on 27 June 2014 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, where sixty talented and insightful student contest winners made multilingual presentations on principles of the United Nations Academic Impact.

To further promote this important event, and to celebrate the students’ accomplishments, we are delighted to share the video recordings of the contest winners’ presentations. Please click here.

We extend our sincere congratulations and thanks to all participants in the Many Languages, One World Essay Contest and Global Youth Forum.

The purpose of Many Languages, One World was to promote multilingualism and the continued study of the six official languages of the United Nations: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. The essay contest and global youth forum, organized by ELS Educational Services, Inc. and the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), and in conjunction with Adelphi University, was created to bring global-minded young people from all over the world together to engage in dialogue about UNAI principles that could be carried back to their universities and institutions, as well as to commemorate the June 2014 beginning of the 70th anniversary year of the signing of the United Nations Charter.

Key Facts About Many Languages, One World

  • Over 4,000 people participated in some aspect of the competition.
  • Close to 1,500 essays were submitted.
  • Contestants were from 128 different countries.
  • Sixty winners – ten from each official language of the United Nations – were selected. Winners were from 26 different countries and 6 continents, ranged from college freshmen through Doctoral candidates in a multitude of different areas of study, and studied at a diverse group of universities around the world.
  • The Global Youth Forum, a five-day event, took place in New York from 25-29 June 2014, and culminated on 27 June 2014 at the United Nations Headquarters, where winners made presentations centered around select principles of UNAI.

Click here for a program recap.


United Nations Academic Impact Student Essay Contest

June 25-29, 2014
Winners participate in a 5 day International Youth Forum in New York and present their work at the United Nations Headquarters on June 27th

Airfare, room and board provided

Write an essay (2000 words or less) discussing the ideas of global citizenship and understanding and the role that multilingual ability can play in fostering these. Your essay should reflect your academic, cultural and national context.

Entries must be in an official language of the United Nations that is not the entrant’s first language or primary language of instruction in his or her primary or secondary education. Students must be full-time university students, sponsored by a Faculty Member or University Representative, and must be 18 years of age or older.

Essay Submission Deadline: March 15, 2014


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