Many Languages, One World global youth forum

23816d50d9b911e595abdb3d67212112_inset_imageMelbourne School of Government student Holly Taylor has recently returned from New York where she participated in the “Many Languages, One World” Global Youth Forum at the United Nations General Assembly. To be eligible to attend the conference, Holly had to complete an essay in one of the six official UN languages – that was neither her mother tongue nor her language of instruction. For her essay, Holly chose to write in Spanish, submitting an essay on the role of multilingual ability in fostering global citizenship and understanding. Holly’s esasy submission can be viewed on the ¿Qué es la ciudadanía global? document (630kb pdf) and her conference presentation is available on the UN Web TV website.

Holly joined 59 other students (10 students per UN language: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) for the five day conference, which was based at Adelphi University on Long Island, NY. At the conference, the students had the privilege of presenting their Action Plan for achieving one of the UN Academic Impact’s principles in their home countries. The Global Youth Forum was a joint venture between the United Nations Academic Impact and ELS Educational Services, Inc., and will surely be a very memorable and valuable experience for Holly and the other participants.