World Bank: 2009 International Essay Competition

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The World Bank is announcing the 2009 International Essay Competition for youth. This year the World Bank and its partners invite youth from all over the world to participate in the competition under the theme of climate change. For the first time, the competition is also inviting submissions of videos and photos.

Submissions are accepted in English, French or Spanish. The submission process for the Essay Competition is entirely Internet-based.

For details of the competition and to make submissions please visit


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Climate change has been identified as one of the biggest global threats of our time. Scientists agree that global warming and extreme climate phenomena can be increasingly attributed to human activity - in particular, heavy emission of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, resulting from industrial processes.

Solutions to those pressing problems could lie in the rapidly growing ‘green economy’: environmentally sustainable enterprises, technological innovations (new sources of clean, renewable energy), energy efficiency measures, economic incentives for low-carbon choices, etc. How can youth contribute?

The Essay Competition 2009 invites youth to share ideas on:

How does climate change affect you?

How can you tackle climate change through youth-led solutions?

Please answer both questions:

1. How does climate change affect you, your country, town or local community? How do you think it will affect you in the future? Think about the consequences for employment, health, security and other areas of your life.

2. What can you do, working together with your peers, to address the problem of climate change in your country, town or local community? Think specifically about the role of youth-led initiatives in the ‘green economy’.

Who can participate?

The International Essay Competition is open to all young people, students and non-students alike, between the ages of 18 and 25, from all countries of the world.

If you are older than 18 and younger than 25 on June 15, 2009, you are eligible to participate.


1. Essay

Eight finalists will participate in the Final Jury in Seoul, South Korea, in June 2009, and attend the Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE).

Money awards:

1st prize: 3,000 USD
2nd prize: 2,000 USD
3rd prize: 1,000 USD

2. Video

Author of the winning video will be invited for a screening at the occasion of the Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE), held in Seoul, South Korea, in June 2009.

Money awards:

1st prize: 2,000 USD
2nd prize: 1,000 USD
3rd prize: 500 USD

3. Photo

Money awards:

1st prize: 500 USD
2nd prize: 300 USD
3rd prize: 200 USD

Winners of the photo competition do not travel to the ABCDE Conference in South Korea, but will have their photos featured in the Essay Competition Summary Report, on the website of the Essay Competition and partner organizations’.

The jury reserves the right to modify the allocation depending on the number of winning essays.


January 6, 2009 - Launch of the Essay Competition

February 22 - Deadline for submissions

April 30 - Finalists of the essay category announced; Winners of the photo and video category announced

June - Final Jury in Seoul, South Korea (only finalists in the essay category and winner of the video category participate)

June - Award Ceremony during the Award Ceremony during the ABCDE Conference in Seoul, South Korea

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