Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs announces its seventh annual International Essay Competition, open to 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.

Essay Topic

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.

1. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

2. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

3. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable


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.


January 5th, 2016

Application Procedure

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).


1st prize: $250 Amazon Gift Certificate

2nd prize: $150 Amazon Gift Certificate

3rd prize: $75 Amazon Gift Certificatebb

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