Winners will be announced in late May.


2016 Student Essay Contest and Global Youth Forum

60 Students will be selected as delegates to the 2016 United Nations Academic Impact Global Youth Forum, 25-31 July, 2016, where they will create action plans related to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The students will present these action plans at United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

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2016 Many Languages, One World:
Essay Submission Summary

2016 marks the third year of the Many Languages, One World Student Essay Contest and Global Youth Forum. This contest and youth forum is sponsored by ELS Educational Services, Inc., in conjunction with the United Nations Academic Impact and hosted at Hofstra University.

MLOW Countries with Essay Submissions

This year, 3,635 essays were submitted by students competing to win an opportunity to speak at the General Assembly of the United Nations. Contest submissions (including students’ countries of origin and the universities that sponsored the students) came from a total of 165 countries, and were sponsored by 2,500+ universities around the world. There were over 9,000 students and university sponsors who participated in this year’s contest.

MLOW participation numbers

Ten winners will be selected from each language group for a total of 60 winners. ELS Educational Services, Inc., will award each winner with an all-expense-paid trip to New York during the week of 25–31 July 2016. Students will attend a Global Youth Forum at Hofstra University to prepare to present their views in the General Assembly of the United Nations Headquarters.

ELS Educational Services, Inc. and The United Nations Launch Many Languages, One World 2016

2015 Many Languages, One World Global Youth Forum

The importance of multilingualism for global citizens

Ban Ki Moon supports Many Languages, One World.