World Affairs Council
Submission deadline: 3/20/2021

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed upon by the United Nations in 2015 to address global issues by 2030. Their primary purpose is to improve the living standards of everyone and every country alike, with a focus on the longevity or sustainability of these improvements. These ambitious goals are all interconnected, but each focuses on a different field of development. The World Citizen Essay Contest provides the opportunity for youth to examine the SDGs in a meaningful and critical way. The SDGs are relevant to everyone around the world and generates a strong foundation for youth to think about and connect to global issues and the global community.

Here’s the prompt for the 2021 World Citizen Essay Contest:

The COVID-19 global pandemic has illustrated that today’s world is truly interconnected. With so many changes happening at once—climate change, domestic political unrest, the global economy, education, health care, trade and tourism—we are seeing new ways local and national actions impact international issues. According to the United Nations, “the world is at a defining moment for collective action” to solve challenging global issues. Therefore, in 1000 words or less, discuss an issue of global significance, explain its impact on a specific context (local, national, regional, or global), what steps you would take to address it, and how you would inspire others, especially youth, to take action on this important issue.

This competition is open to all Washington state students in the 3rd-12th grades. Essays must be 1000 words or less.

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