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UNESCO MGIEP’s The Blue Dot Essay Contest 2014/2015

UNESCO MGIEP’s The Blue Dot Essay Contest 2014/2015

UNESCO MGIEP believes that sustainable peace and sustainable development can only be built by a generation of individuals who are collectively responsible towards each other, and towards their common future. These are what we define as Global Citizens: people whose aspirations, skills, actions, and sense of responsibility transcend the narrow barriers of identity, geography, and opportunity. People who are conscious that they belong not just to their cities and neighbourhoods, but to the world at large. People who realize that our complex and interdependent challenges and hopes can only be addressed together.

This generation of Global Citizens will be built by young people: the world’s youth.

UNESCO MGIEP wants to know what you think Global Citizenship means, and what you think it’s going to take to build it. We are looking for new and bold ideas which have the potential to change the world.

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UNESCO MGIEP’s The Blue Dot Essay Contest is inviting entries from young students, professionals, and change makers around the world, between the ages 16-32, on any one of the following:


  1. What does a future of global citizenship look like and what is the one thing the world can do today to build it?


  1. What is a global citizen and how can our systems of education create global citizens?

Your essay must answer one of these two questions. Please mention the question clearly after the title of the essay. The title of the essay is left to the discretion of the participants.


UNESCO MGIEP is a specialized international UNESCO Institute, working to build the capacities of Member States, education systems, Post-2015 international policy, and the youth, on education for peace and sustainable development.


The top three winning entries will be published in the January 2015 Issue of The Blue Dot, UNESCO MGIEP’s biannual magazine.

First Prize: 750 USD

Second Prize: 500 USD

Third Prize: 250 USD

Short extracts from the next ten best entries will be published in The Blue Dot’s Youth section.  We also welcome shorter submissions (250-300 words) to be considered for this section.


30 November 2014


  • Word limit: 2000 words
  • Submission: Please send your entries as attachments by email to
  • Essays must be in English.
  • All entries should be sent by email in the form of an attachment in the .doc or .docx format (no PDFs)
  • Please include your full name, date and year of birth, current occupation, affiliation, school, or university, an email address where we can contact you, and the country you are writing from.
  • UNESCO MGIEP will ask for proof of date of birth and a high resolution picture of the author if an essay is selected for publication.
  • The essay must be an original work of the submitting author. Plagiarism will result in immediate disqualification.
  • All sources cited and mentioned in the essay must be properly cited and referenced. Any academically recognized citation style may be used, as long as the name of the author, publication, and date are clearly mentioned.
  • Only submissions received before midnight (Indian Standard Time) on 30thNovember 2014 will be considered.
  • The decision of the judges is final.
  • Contest entrants allow UNESCO MGIEP to publish their work, or extracts thereof, with full credit to the author, on its website, social media platforms, any future publications, and publicity material.
  • In the event that there is an insufficient number of qualified entries or if the judges determine that no entries meet the quality standards established to award the prizes, UNESCO MGIEP reserves the right not to award any prizes.




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