An Inclusive World

The United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which emcompasses 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that underlies a global commitment to achieve sustainable development in three dimensions – economic, social, and environmental.

The theme of for this year’s competition is:
“An Inclusive World”

What does being “inclusive” mean to you and how does it relate to The 2030 Agenda? What is your vision of an inclusive, harmonious, equitable, and sustainable world and what can you and your community do to achieve this vision? Topics can be chosen by the student. 



Eligibility: Full-time primary school, high school, and undergraduate students enrolled in Macao schools in the 2022/2023 Academic Year. Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old (as of November 1, 2022) in one of the following age categories found in the following table.

Upper Primary School

Students enrolled

in Grade 4-6

Word count: 150 - 250 words

Middle School

Students enrolled in

Form 1-3 / Grade 7 - 9

Word count: 250 - 450 words

Senior High School

Students enrolled in

Form 4-6 / Grade 10 - 12

Word count: 450 - 650 words



Undergraduate students

Word count: 650 - 900 words

Note: Depending on the amount of entries, the Organizing Committee reserves the right to modify or cancel the number of categories and awards accordingly without notice.

Submission Format

Language: English 

File Format: Two files are required for each essay: DOC and PDF

File Name: MEEC_2022_Essay[Contestant Number].doc
MEEC_2022_Essay[Contestant Number].pdf
For Example: MEEC_2022_EssayU1023.pdf

Font: Size 12, Times New Roman

Line Spacing: All text in your document should be double-spaced

Margins: Normal margins
   Top/Bottom: 2.54cm
   Left/Right: 3.17cm

Word Count: When submitting the essay, students are asked to submit their word count. Please stay within the word length of each category as the organizer reserves the right to disqualify essays in accordance with these rules without notice.

Citation: Unlike an academic paper, it is not mandatory for contestants to use research and references for this competition. We suggest contestants reflect on the SDGs framework, contest theme, and their own ideas to write this essay. If you do choose to use references, please keep it to no more than 3 citations, referenced using APA format.

Note: Contestants should not put their name or school or any identifying information in the essay. Essays should include your contestant number and essay title at the top of the first page. Your contestant number and essay title are not included in the word count limit. 

Please do not add diagrams or photos into your essay.


Student Awards

First Prize: Certificate, Medal or Trophy (1 winner)

Second Prize: Certificate, Medal or Trophy (3 winners)

Third Prize: Certificate, Medal or Trophy (5 winners)

Honourable Mention: Certificate (8 winners)

Winners may be invited to perform their essays in our award ceremony.

Group Awards

The following awards will only be given to one organization/school:

Empowerment Award: Awarded to the school or organization with the highest number of entries 

Best Achievement Award: Awarded to the school or organization with the highest score calculated as follows: 

    First Place – 50 points
    Second Place – 20 points each
    Third Place –  10 points each
    Honourable Mention – 2 points each

Important Dates



Discover the Global Goals: An Inclusive World – Competition Briefing & SDGs Discussion Panel (Online)

November 27, 2022 @ 10:30AM

Individual and Group Registration Deadline *UPDATED*

December 12, 2022 @11:59PM

Submission of Essay Deadline


December 21, 2022 @11:59PM

Award Announcement

February 24, 2023

Award Ceremony

(To be announced)

April, 2023

Competition Procedures

  1. Contestants must complete the registration form through the website or register through their teachers or group organizers through group registration before the registration deadline.

  2. Teachers and group organizers who wish to submit a collection of essays may email with the completed group registration form.

  3. After registering online, an unique contestant number will be sent to you. Contestants should not put their name or school or any identifying information in the essay. Essays should include your contestant number and essay title at the top of the first page.

  4. Entries must be submitted online before the submission date of December 21, 2022. Late submissions will not be accepted.

  5. Essays must be original, unpublished, and not have been submitted to other competitions. Each entry must be done individually representing the contestant’s own research, thinking, and writing. Plagiarized entries will be rejected and the contestant will be liable for any consequences that arise.

  6. Copyright of the essays entered will be assigned to the organizer. By entering this competition, the organizer is granted non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free license to reproduce, promote, use, and display the essay in all media formats without prior consultation and notice.

  7. Competition winners may be invited to perform their essays at the award ceremony.

  8. Contestants under the age of 18  (as of November 1, 2022) have to submit a scanned copy of the signed parent/guardian consent form (both the English or Chinese version of the form is accepted) to the organizing committee along with their essays on or before December 21, 2022.

  9. The organizer reserves the rights of final decision and interpretation of the terms and results of this competition. Changes to the competition will be updated on the website with no additional announcements. Should there be any inconsistency or conflict between the English and Chinese versions of the rules, the English version shall be the governing and prevailing version.21

Judging and Results

Submissions will be judged on content, organization, mechanics, and originality. A detailed judging rubric can be found in the downloads section of our website.

All qualifying essays will be judged blind through several rounds of judging. The decision of the judging panel on the results and rankings of the competition is final. Individual inquiries concerning competition results will not be answered.

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