On July 24th, Peace Boat US attended the “Many Languages, One World International Essay Contest & Global Youth Forum” held by the ELS Educational Services, Inc. and the UN Academic Impact at the General Assembly of the United Nations. This event aimed to promote multilingualism and the continued study of the six UN official languages.
As winners of the contest, 70 students from 42 countries presented their ideas and views on themes around the post-2015 development agenda in the six UN official languages as winners of the contest. These themes include ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all (in Arabic); ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all (in Chinese), promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all (in English); promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels (in French), ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all (in Russian), and ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture (in Spanish).
The UN event recognized the significance of education with a quote from the former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Watch the event webcast here: http://webtv.un.org/ For future UN events, please follow us on our social media.
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This post was created and published by Weijia Shi (Intern from Peace Boat US)