United Nations Academic Impact Student Essay Contest

United Nations Academic Impact Student Essay Contest


Rules for Participation (“Contest Rules”)


“Many Languages, One World 2015


United Nations Academic Impact Student Essay Contest



The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), in collaboration with ELS Educational Services, Inc., (ELS) invites students, 18 years and older, 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 ManyLanguagesOneWorld.ELS.edu).


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 (“Entrants”) are encouraged to visit the website http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org for background material in this regard. 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 Faculty Member or other representative authorized by the institution will be required to complete a Reference Form attesting that the Entrant is a current full-time student of the institution in good standing, that the essay is written in a language that is not the Entrant’s first language or the principal language of instruction during the Entrant’s primary or secondary education, and that the entry is the original, unaided work of the entrant. Entries must be uploaded in MS Word format to the website ManyLanguagesOneWorld.ELS.edu by Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time.


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.  Please note that Winners will not be reading or presenting the text of their essays at this event.

ELS will pay for roundtrip economy class fares in carriers of its choosing between the airport nearest to the Winners’ home city and New York, and be responsible for the entrants’ travel, room and meals for the duration of the conference (6-7 days). Sightseeing and tourism opportunities will also be arranged for the winners by ELS.  No extensions of stay or early arrivals will be possible. Winners are responsible for all documentation relating to their journey, including passports and visas and the costs related to these, as well as appropriate medical insurance for their journey and temporary stay in the United States. ELS will provide each winning student with a basic travel and accident insurance policy for which the premium will be paid by ELS.


All 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. 


As a condition of participation, Students will agree to waive liability for both Adelphi University and the United Nations specifying they understand that ELS is the organizer and they agree to hold both Adelphi and the United Nations harmless for any injury or liability which might occur while they are on the campus of the university or at the United Nations.


On the Student Entry Form, participants will have to acknowledge that they have read, understood and agree to accept the Indemnification, Limitation of Liability and Release statements below:



By entering the contest, each entrant agrees to indemnify, release and hold harmless ELS educational services, Inc., the United Nations and Adelphi University, and all of their respective parent, affiliate and subsidiary companies, administrators, officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents (collectively, the “RELEASEES”), from any liability, damages, losses or injury of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from that entrant’s participation in the contest, including but not limited to, property damage, personal injury or death which may result from or occur in connection with, preparation for, travel to and/or participation in the contest or from the acceptance, possession, or use or misuse of any prize awarded or participation in any prize-related activity and for any claims based on publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy and prize delivery. RELEASEES do not make any warranties, express or implied, as to the condition, fitness or merchantability of any prize. RELEASEES disclaim any liability for damage to any computer system resulting from access to or the download of information or materials connected with the contest.

For the avoidance of doubt, this limitation of liability is a comprehensive limitation of liability that applies to all damages of any kind, including (without limitation) compensatory, direct, indirect, or consequential damages; loss of data, income, or profit; loss or damage to property; and claims of third parties.  Entrants agree that RELEASEES have not made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, statutory, express or implied (including but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, title, and fitness for a particular purpose), in fact or in law, relative to the contest or the prize awarded.  Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, RELEASEES do not make any express or implied warranties or representations with respect to any promotional website and RELEASEES shall not be liable for the consequences of any interruptions or errors related thereto.

RELEASEES are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, illegible, inaccurate, delayed, garbled, damaged, stolen or misdirected submissions, or problems of any kind, whether mechanical, human or electronic.  RELEASEES are not responsible for technical, hardware or software malfunctions, telephone failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, inability to access a website, inability to submit an entry, or fraud, incomplete, garbled, or delayed computer transmissions or inaccurate transcription of entry information, whether caused by RELEASEES, users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the contest or by any technical or human error which may occur in the processing of submissions which may damage a user’s system or limit an entrant’s ability to participate in the contest. RELEASEES are not responsible for late, lost, incomplete, illegible, damaged or misdirected entries or mail.




I understand that while I retain the rights to my essay, by participating in Many Languages, One World Global Youth Forum, I grant ELS and the UN (“RELEASEES”) a worldwide, exclusive, royalty-free, and irrevocable license to use the content of the essays in whole or in part. In addition, I grant ELS permission to photograph, record, and videotape all activities during the conference. These recordings and photographs will become the property of ELS for didactic use at their discretion, in all media, in perpetuity, to promote multilingualism and global understanding. I also grant the United Nations permission to photograph, record, and videotape all activities during the conference. These recordings and photographs will become the property of the United Nations.


For the avoidance of doubt, I hereby irrevocably grant RELEASEES perpetually, exclusively, for all media throughout the world (including, but not limited to, print, non-theatrical, audio, video, film, CD, Internet and any other electronic medium presently in existence or invented in the future), the right to use and incorporate (alone or together with other materials), in whole or in part, recordings, photographs, and/or images made of me or submitted by me to RELEASEES, my name, voice or likeness (“Image”), in written, audio, video or still photography format, in television advertising, radio advertising, press advertising, promotional material, and any and all internal documents, including but not limited to annual reports, public relations displays and other publications, including website publications, without payment or any other consideration.  I acknowledge RELEASEES’ right to discontinue use of my Image without notice and/or to edit or treat my Image at its discretion.  I also acknowledge that RELEASEES may choose not to use my Image at this time, but may do so at its own discretion at a later date.

I hereby agree that I will not bring or consent to others bringing claim or action against RELEASEES on the grounds that my Image, or the manner in which my Image is/are used, is defamatory, reflects adversely on me, violates any other right whatsoever, including, without limitation, rights of privacy and publicity.


I hereby release RELEASEES from and against any and all claims, demands, actions, causes of action, suits, costs, expenses, liabilities and damages (“Claims”) whatsoever that I may hereafter have against any or all of them in connection with my Image.