United Nation Essay Contest

ELS Educational Services is pleased to announce that 60 students have been selected as winners of the 2017 Many Languages, One World® international essay contest. 2017 is the fourth year ELS Educational Services and the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) have sponsored Many Languages, One World. This year ELS and the UNAI also welcome Northeastern University as the host of the Many Languages, One World Global Youth Forum and the sponsor and organizer of the Northeastern University Global Youth Symposium.

The event includes an all-expense-paid trip to Boston and New York City and the opportunity to speak in the General Assembly Hall at the United Nations. Students will present action plans related to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Many Languages, One World contest challenged college and university students around the globe to write an essay in one of the six official languages of the United Nations: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. More than 6,000 individuals from 170 countries and over 1,950 universities participated in the initial phase of the contest. Participants attend many prestigious universities including Jiangsu University, The University of Cambridge, Columbia University, The University of Edinburgh, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, McGill University, Clemson University, Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne, Universiti Putra Malaysia, The University of British Columbia, New York University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Tecnológico de Monterrey, SRM University, and Bowling Green State University.

ELS congratulates the 60 winners of the Many Languages, One World 2017 student essay contest.

Visit ManyLanguagesOneWorld.org for more information and guidelines and join the conversation on social media using #MLOW2017.

The winners are as follows:

Abdul Gafoor Kunnathodi Jawaharlal Nehru University India Arabic 
Adrien Canaan Sciences Po France Arabic 
Ashham Saleel Nellikkaavatitayil Mahatma Gandhi University India Arabic 
Chu Fang Peking University China Arabic 
Mohammad Affan Jawaharlal Nehru University India Arabic 
Muhammed Shereef Jawaharlal Nehru University India Arabic 
Muhammed Mansu Mansoor Kattilasseri Madeenathul Uloom Arabic College India Arabic 
Natalya Vladimirovna Schneider Defense Language Institute United States Arabic 
Shabab Anwar University for Foreigners of Perugia India Arabic 
Yiqing Shen The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rothberg International School China Arabic 
Bolor Mendbayar “New Medicine” Medical Institute Mongolia Chinese 
Chanmi Hwang Seoul National University South Korea Chinese 
Gugulethu Jemaine Nyathi Jiangsu University Zimbabwe Chinese 
Humay Abdyrahmanova Zhejiang University Turkmenistan Chinese 
Jimena Chacon Quesada Beijing Language And Culture University Costa Rica Chinese 
Meerim Zholdoshbekova Shanghai International Studies University Kyrgyzstan Chinese 
Oleksandra Stryzhak Kyiv National Linguistic University Ukraine Chinese 
Olga Efrim Northwest Normal University Moldova Chinese 
Paraskeva Verginis Beijing Language And Culture University Greece Chinese 
Timur Viktorovich Ivanov Central University of Finance and Economics Kazakhstan Chinese 
Albina Chymbru Ewha Womans University Ukraine English 
Annelijne Veronique Verburgt Stockholm University Netherlands English 
Bárbara Rafaela Da Silva Machado Universidade Federal De Minas Gerais Brazil English 
Clara Mayerl University Of Essex France English 
Indira Boutier Aix-Marseille Université France English 
Jamilya Nurkanova Nazarbayev University Kazakhstan English 
Marwa Hagi University Of Bologna Italy English 
Milena Malteze Zuffo University Of São Paulo Brazil English 
Sara Jeffar Ibn Tofail University Morocco English 
Viktoria Budyakova Southern Federal University Russia English 
Chenyang Yin University Of Cambridge China French 
Lin Hur The Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3 South Korea French 
Marwa Azelmat National School Of Applied Sciences Kenitra Morocco French 
Michaela Christine Hylen Truman State University United States French 
Miguel Madrid Vertel Ecole Nationale Supérieur d'architecture de Paris-La Villette Colombia French 
Nada Zeineb Ben Jemaa American University of Beirut Tunisia French 
Natalia Florêncio Sciences Po Lyon Brazil French 
Nick Samuel Bloom University of Bristol United Kingdom French 
Safaa Guennoun IMT Atlantique Morocco French 
Saloni Ashish Ghatnekar H.R. College of Commerce and Economics India French 
Giuzal Abdullaeva Issyk-Kul State University Kyrgyzstan Russian 
Iana Scvarovscaia Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics Moldova Russian 
Karina Kaliyeva E.A. Buketov Karaganda State University Kazakhstan Russian 
Nargiza Mukhtorova University of World Economy and Diplomacy Uzbekistan Russian 
Nigina Fayzullo qizi Yuldasheva Bukhara State University Uzbekistan Russian 
Olena Olehivna Onufriv Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv Ukraine Russian 
Saikal Amanbekovna Amanbekova Moscow State Institute of International Relations Kyrgyzstan Russian 
Serhii Lashyn Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University Ukraine Russian 
Sokhib Saidov Mari State University Uzbekistan Russian 
Zhanara Kangtarbay Kazakh Ablai khan University of International Relations And World Languages Kazakhstan Russian 
Adriana Stejeran Babeș-Bolyai University Romania Spanish 
Amanda Moraes Azevedo Universidade Federal Da Bahia Brazil Spanish 
Aynur Garayeva Azerbaijan University of Languages Azerbaijan Spanish 
Camila Negrão Guilherme Federal University of ABC Brazil Spanish 
Júlia Rabelo Mousinho University Centre of the Federal District Brazil Spanish 
Long Cheng Beijing Foreign Studies University China Spanish 
Matheus Reis Da Silva University of São Paulo Medical School Brazil Spanish 
Oksana Vedmidska University of Hildesheim Ukraine Spanish 
Rafal Jennek Uppsala University Poland Spanish 
Reina Rabih Hamdan Lebanese University Lebanon Spanish 

 For the winning essays and commentary: Countering WMD Proliferation: The Next Generation's Ideas 

For highlights of the awards event, CLICK HERE. For the full event, CLICK HERE. And for photos from the event, CLICK HERE.

The United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 International Student Essay Contest received submissions from undergraduate and graduate-level students in 44 countries. Resolution 1540 obligates U.N. Member States to develop and enforce legal and structural measures to prevent the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) and their means of delivery. The challenge has been to get effective and full implementation of this resolution. This outreach to students for new ideas for countering proliferation and resolution implementation is part of the United Nations Comprehensive Review of the resolution this year. Full contest information and awards can be found HERE.

An international panel of ten expert judges conducted a blind review of the submissions, taking into account clarity, feasibility and ease of implementation, and potential for WMD risk reduction. The only details the judges received were whether the essay had a professor sponsorship and for which country the essayist’s implementation plan was intended. The Stimson Center then reviewed the judges’ selections and forwarded the top qualifying essays, eighteen in total, to another panel of judges directly involved in the work of the United Nations Security Council’s 1540 Committee for their selection of the first- and second-place winners and of the three entries to receive “honorable mention.”

Congratulations to these 18 finalists, listed in order of the country for which s/he developed a plan for combatting WMDs and implementing this important resolution. The top five winning essays from these 18,  noted below, were announced at an awards event and workshop at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on September 30, 2016, with panelists from the United Nations, Harvard and more. For the biographies of the speakers at the event, CLICK HERE; and for the event agenda, CLICK HERE. For the biographies of the students submitting the winning essays, CLICK HERE.

For the finalists’ abstracts, CLICK HEREand for their biographies, CLICK HERE.
For overall contest results and essay highlights, CLICK HERE
For additional highlights from the awards event, CLICK HERE.


(In order of Country Action Plan)

Implementing Country: Burkina Faso
Jean-Annet de Saint Rapt
University: Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Sponsoring Professor:
Michel Liégeois

Implementing Country: Burkina Faso
Student: Delwendé Nabayaogo
University: University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria
Sponsoring Professor: Dimitar Dimitrov

Implementing Country: Chile
Student: Exequiel Salinas
University: University of Santiago of Chile, Santiago, Chile
Sponsoring Professor: Rodrigo Alvarez

Implementing Country: India
Student: Mujtaba Rafid Rafa
University: Dhaka University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Implementing Country: Japan
Student: Natsumi Saito
University: Keio University, Tokyo, Japan

Implementing Country: Kenya
Student: Brian Machua Gitura
University: School of Arts and Humanities, Daystar Univeristy, Nairobi, Kenya
Sponsoring Professor: Philip Mwanika

Implementing Country: Morocco
Student: Samir Chaouki
University: Faculty of Sciences, Ibn Tofail University, Kenitra, Morocco
Sponsoring Professor: Amina Kharchaf

Implementing Country: Nigeria
Student: Christo Idowu Odeyemi
University: Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

Implementing Country: Qatar
Students:  Landon Elliot Poe & Sreelekshmi Rajeswari
University: University of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Sponsoring Professor: Elisabete A. Silva

Implementing Country: Russian Federation
Student: Adrian Alvarado
University: Université de Lyon, Lyon, France
Sponsoring Professor: Pascal Marchand

Implementing Country: Sudan
Student: Abeer Salih Abdalhafeez Mohamed
University: University of Ritsumeikan, Kyoto, Japan
Sponsoring Professor: Hideak Ohta

Implementing Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Student: Abdalah Abdulrahman Kileo
University: University of Fukui, Fukui, Japan
Sponsoring Professor: Iddi Mkilaha

Implementing Country: Tunisia
Student: Enrique de Vega Gonzalez
University: Gutierrez Mellado Institute, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Madrid, Spain
Sponsoring Professor: Vicente Garrido Rebolledo

Implementing Country: Turkmenistan
Student: Hannah Rifkin
University: Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Implementing Country: United States of America
Student: Chase Scott Milligan
University: Stanford University, California, United States of America
Sponsoring Professor: Siegfried S. Hecker

Implementing Country: United States of America
Student: Kyle Pilutti
Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California, UnitedStates of America

Implementing Country: United States of America
Student: Jonathan Roberts
University: Louisiana Tech University, Louisiana, United States of America

Implementing Country: Uzbekistan
Student: Marren Haneberg
University: Brigham Young University, Provo, United States of America
Sponsoring Professor: Elizabeta Jevtic-Somlai

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