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2016 Eisaku Sato Essay Contest Now Open!

Submissions are now being accepted for the 32nd Eisaku Sato Essay Contest. This international contest is open to anyone who has an interest in both the United Nations University and the designated contest topic. There are no restrictions as to age, nationality, or profession.

Contest theme

The theme of the 2016 contest is:

“Considering the multiple and pressing challenges the United Nations faces today, what is the proper role of the Secretary-General as top international public servant? Discuss the required qualities and discipline of a Secretary-General in view of the practices and achievements of the successive Secretary-Generals.”

Submission criteria

Essays may be written in either English (3,000–6,000 words) or Japanese (8,000–16,000 characters). All essays should be printed on A4-size paper and include an abstract of up to 450 words (English) or 1,200 characters (Japanese).

Submissions must be original and unpublished papers, and must include reference notes and a bibliography if other authors’ works are cited.


A grand prize (¥500,000)

 A second prize (¥200,000)

Several honorable mentions (¥50,000 each)

To enter the 2016 Eisaku Sato Essay Contest, submit your essay along with a cover sheet listing your name, affiliation, age, gender, nationality, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone/fax number (if available), and a note on how you learned about the contest.

The deadline for submissions is midnight (Japan Time) on 31 March 2016.

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2016 Eisaku Sato Essay Contest Now Open!