Contributions are now been accepted for the 29th Eisaku Sato Essay Contest from individuals from all walks of life. The theme for this year is  “Many people expect the United Nations to play a major role in world peace and in protecting the safety and welfare of the people worldwide. Express your views on whether the United Nations is sufficiently responding to the expectations, and if ‘no’, discuss the causes and constraints for this failure; if ‘yes’, discuss some recent success cases.”
This contest inaugurated in 1980, has been held annually since 1990. It is supported by the Eisaku Sato Memorial Foundation for Cooperation with the United Nations University, which was established by the late Eisaku Sato, former Prime Minister of Japan, with the monetary award that he received with his 1974 Nobel Peace Prize.
Essay topic:
“Many people expect the United Nations to play a major role in world peace and in protecting the safety and welfare of the people worldwide. Express your views on whether the United Nations is sufficiently responding to the expectations, and if ‘no’, discuss the causes and constraints for this failure; if ‘yes’, discuss some recent success cases.”
Worth of Awards
A grand prize of ¥500,000, a second prize of ¥200,000, and several honourable mentions of ¥50,000 each will be awarded.
Eligibility

  • This international contest is open to anyone who has an interest in both the United Nations University and the designated topic.
  • There are no restrictions as to age, nationality or profession.

How to Apply

  • Essays may be in either English (3,000–6,000 words) or Japanese (8,000–16,000 characters).
  • English essays should be typed on A4-size paper and include an abstract of up to 450 words.
  • Japanese essays should include an abstract of up to 1,200 characters.
  • Each entry should be submitted in quadruplicate (four copies) and must include a cover sheet listing the contributor’s name, affiliation, age, gender, nationality, mailing address, and (if available) telephone/fax number and e-mail address.
  • Essays must be original and unpublished papers. They must have reference notes and bibliographies if other authors’ works are cited.
  • Submitted essays will not be returned. Essays will be disqualified if they do not follow the information specified herein.
  • Submit entries by postal mail to:

The Eisaku Sato Memorial Foundation for Cooperation with the United Nations University c/o United Nations University Library 5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku Tokyo 150-8925, Japan
Deadline: 31 March 2013.

  • The winners will be notified at a later date while those who are able to attend will receive their prizes at a ceremony to be held later that month at the United Nations University in Tokyo.

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