International Student/Teacher Essay Contest, 2015: Goals for a Better World

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Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs announces its seventh annual International Essay Contest for teachers and students anywhere in the world.
This year, we are asking you to write about one of three selected Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs will replace the Millennium Development Goals when they expire at the end of 2015.
(There are a total of 17 SDGs. For a concise rundown of all of them,

Focusing on one of the following SDGs, propose specific measures for your country (or region or city) to reach the goal’s objectives in the next 15 years.
»Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; OR
»Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts; OR
»Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable


Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs


1st prize: $250 Amazon Gift Certificate
2nd prize: $150 Amazon Gift Certificate
3rd prize: $75 Amazon Gift Certificate


5 January, 2016


»Style: Op-ed style (not academic, footnoted papers)
»Length: 1,000 to 1,500 words
»Format: Word document, or email. English language entries only.
»Limit: One entry per person.
»This competition is open to teachers and students of all nationalities.
»All teachers, at whatever level, are eligible.
»All students, from high school students through graduate students, are eligible. »Non-students are automatically disqualified.
»Collaborative essays between students and teachers are welcome
»Previous winners and honorable mentions are not eligible.
»To enter:
Please email your entries to

Please include your full name, full address, email, age, name of your school; whether you are a teacher or a student, and if a student, what level (high school, undergraduate, graduate level).


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