Essay Contest and Global Youth Forum for 2016. The contest will qualify contestants for a trip to New
York to participate in the United Nations Global Youth Forum.
The goal of the Many Languages, One World Student Essay Contest and Global Youth Forum is to
support multilingualism and to recognize the continued impact of the United Nations’ six official
languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. As such, students are being asked to
write their essays in their second or third language. For full contest details, rules and entry guidelines,
please 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. ELSEducational Services, Inc. will award each winner with an all-expense paid trip to New York
in July of 2016.
Students will attend a five day Global Youth Forum on the campus of Hofstra University to prepare to
present their views at United Nations Headquarters. At the Global Youth Forum, the students will
create plans of action addressing selected topics. These international delegates will also have the
opportunity to interact with invited international scholars and tour New York City. The deadline for
essay submissionsis 11:59 p.m. EST Thursday 31 March, 2016.
2016 will mark the third edition of Many Languages, One World. In 2015, more than 3,500 people from
130 countries took part in the initial phaseof the contest.
Eligibility and Qualifications:
- Students 18 years of age and older who are currently enrolled in a full-time degree program at
university are eligible to compete to win aplace as a delegate to the Global Youth Forum. Students
must be recommended by a University Faculty Member or AuthorizedUniversity Representative in
order to participate.
- The essay, not to exceed 2000 words, should explore how multilingual ability advances global
citizenship and cultural understanding. Theessay should reflect the entrant’s academic, cultural and
- Entries should be in an official language of the United Nations that is not the first language of the
Entrant or the principal language ofinstruction 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