The 8th Eco-generation Environmental Essay Competition

Publish Date: Sep 14, 2015

Deadline: Oct 12, 2015

The 8th Eco-generation Environmental Essay Competition

Samsung Engineering in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Programme is proud to launch 'The 8th Eco-generation Environmental Essay Competition,' inviting young people all over the world to raise awareness on the UN's new initiative '2015 time for global action for people and planet'.

As many of you know, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued his Synthesis Report, which presented the vision for the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, in December 2014. Drawing from the experience of two decades of development practice and from input gathered through an open and inclusive process, the report, The Road to Dignity by 2030, charts a road map to achieve dignity in the next 15 years.

On 2 August 2015, the 193 Member States of the United Nations reached agreement on the outcome document that will constitute the new sustainable development agenda that will be adopted this September by world leaders at the Sustainable Development Summit in New York. They agreed to an ambitious agenda that features 17 new sustainable development goals that aim to end poverty and promote prosperity and people's well-being while protecting the environment by 2030.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the agreement, saying it "encompasses a universal, transformative and integrated agenda that heralds an historic turning point for our world."

He also said "This is the People's Agenda, a plan of action for ending poverty in all its dimensions, irreversibly, everywhere, and leaving no one behind. It seeks to ensure peace and prosperity, and forge partnerships with people and the planet at the core. The integrated, interlinked and indivisible 17 Sustainable Development Goals are the people's goals and demonstrate the scale, universality and ambition of this new Agenda."

Through this essay competition, we would like to provide children and youth a chance to set their action plan for changing their lifestyle affecting our planet, which is the most challenging threat for humans. It also aims to collect inspiring and creative ideas from young people by requiring them to think about what young people can do for our planet, crossing 'Online' and  'Offline'.

Competition details

  • Eligibility: Tunza Eco-generation members aged between 13 and 24 (As of October 12)
  • Theme: 2015 Time for Global Action for People and Planet
      - What Young People can do for the People and the Planet at a Local Level
  • Schedule
      - Submission deadline: October 12th, 2015 (midnight, GMT 0)
      - Result announcement: 3rd week of November, 2015 
  • Submission: Tunza Eco-generation website/Egen Event/Monthly Event
  • Prize details



Prize includes

UNEP Prize


Certificate & Samsung Tab S

Samsung Engineering Prize


Certificate & Samsung Tab A

Eco-generation Prize


Certificate & Samsung 1TB Portable USB

Honorable Mentions


Certificate & Eco-generation souvenirs


  • No entry fee is required.
  • Samsung Engineering reserves First Serial Rights on all submissions. All other rights to the essay remain the property of the author.
  • All entries must be original works, in English. Plagiarism and off topics will result in disqualification.
  • Entries may not have been previously published in professional media.
  • Entries must be from 600 to 800 words in length.
  • Entrants must first register at in order to submit their essay online.
  • All entries must be double spaced in 11pt, with numbered pages in one of the following formats. All other formats will be disqualified.

    - MS Word

    - Word Perfect

  • The personal information in the entry must be correct. If any competition winner is not reachable due to wrong information (contact number, address and etc.), their prize will be canceled and automatically given to the next place applicant.
  • Each entrant may submit only one essay.
  • All entries are final. No revisions are accepted.
  • The decisions of the judges are final and are entirely their own and in no part represents the opinion of Samsung Engineering.
  • At the discretion of the judges, all well written essays may be published on the Website.

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