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Feb 2, 2015

Kuala Lumpur, February 2, 2015 ~ 70 Students from around the world will be selected as delegates to the 2015 United Nations Academic Impact Global Youth Forum where they will create plans of action related to the United Nations Post-2015 Global Development Agenda. The students will present these plans of action at United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), in collaboration with ELS Educational Services, Inc., (ELS) invites students, 18 years and older by March 25, 2015, who are enrolled in a full-time course of study at a college or university, to participate in an essay contest through the Many Languages, One World programme (“Many Languages”, available at

The essay should relate to the post-2015 global development agenda, in the context of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, and the definition of new goals reflecting the imperative of global sustainable development that recognises, and is enriched by, cultural and linguistic diversity.

Students wishing to participate are encouraged to visit the website for background material. Entries, of up to 2000 words in length should be in an official language of the United Nations that is not the first language of the Entrant or the principal language of instruction in his or her primary or secondary education. The official languages of the United Nations are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

A panel of judges will decide upon a total of 70 Winners of the contest-10 in each of the 6 official United Nations languages and an additional 10 chosen on merit from the remaining entries in all languages. These Winners will be invited to New York to participate in a series of events during the week of July 20-26, 2015. These events will include a Global Youth Forum on the sustainable development agenda in the context of multilingualism, cultural diversity and global citizenship at United Nations Headquarters, preceded by a preparatory students' conference at Adelphi University sponsored and arranged by ELS Educational Services, Inc.

During the preparatory conference, Winners will work with their language group to prepare plans of action which could be undertaken by student and local communities towards the realization of the United Nations post-2015 global development agenda. These plans will be presented at the Global Youth Forum at United Nations Headquarters.

Airfare, Room and Meals will be provided by ELS Educational Services, Inc. and winners will be given certificates of participation by ELS, signifying they have participated in the Global Youth Forum arranged in cooperation with the United Nations Academic Impact and in celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations.

The Essay Submission Deadline is Wednesday March 25, 2015 at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time.

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