The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is calling on the young voices of Asia to participate in an English essay competition with the topic ‘Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific’.
The competition, launched on August 30, is being organized by the ADB and ROAD, a network of Japanese university students concerned about development issues.
Essays must be submitted online or delivered to the nearest ADB office by 31 October 2006.
English-language essays of up to 2,000 words are invited from university students aged 18-29 years who are citizens of ADB’s developing member countries, as well as Japanese students at Japanese universities.
The essays – written from a country or regional perspective – should address one of three specific topics: economic growth and environmental conservation; human resource development and institutions; or industry and infrastructure.
Fifteen winners will be selected from ADB’s five regional departments – Central and West Asia, East Asia, the Pacific, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. An additional ten winners will be chosen from among students at Japanese universities: seven from developing member country students and three Japanese citizens.
All 25 winners will be invited to participate in the week-long Asian and Pacific Youth Forum on Sustainable Development in Kyoto in March 2007.
In addition, the winning essays will be published in a book.