Macao-wide English Essay Competition empowers young people to think globally about United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals


Macao, China: Hosted by the Macau Speech Professionals Association (MSPA), registration for the Macao-wide English Essay Competition (MEEC) is now open until October 22, 2021. As the first English essay competition geared towards promoting the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, students are encouraged to strengthen their English writing skills while learning about global topics.


Through this competition, students are invited to explore the theme, “The Change I Want to Make”, and share their ideas to make their school, community, or the world a more sustainable and resilient place. Contestants are separated into four categories including Upper Primary, Middle School, Senior High School, and College and the word limit ranges from 250 to 900 words. After the essays are judged and scored, winning essays will be published into an essay collection that will be available in print and online to embrace the voices of student stakeholders in the society.



According to Dr. Jingbo Huang, Director of the United Nations University Institute in Macau (UNU Macau), the world is facing issues regarding sustainability and the younger generation will be a major force for change. As a UN global think tank on digital technologies for sustainable development, UNU Macau looks forward to facilitating the sustainability dialogue and collaborating with stakeholders in every sector of the society to address global pressing challenges.


“The main purpose of this initiative is to bring young people closer to the topics that pertain to the world and their future,” says Chair of the MEEC Competition, Sandy Leong, “We hope that this essay competition may inspire the young generation in Macao to find ways to bring positive change to our city.”


The competition is recognized as a local observation by UN Habitat’s Urban October activity which encourages the world to discuss the opportunities and challenges of urban sustainability in the month of October. With the support of SDSN Youth Hong Kong as their supervisor and the UNU Macau as the advisor for the competition, MSPA is also working closely with their co-organizers including the Society of Food & Environmental Health, Macau Association for the Advancement of Diversified Development, Macao Tertiary Sector Promotion Association, and Sustainable Development Association.


Visit to find out more details and to enter this year’s Macao-wide English Essay Competition. The deadline for registration is October 22, 2021 and essays need to be submitted by November 5, 2021.


About Macau Speech Professionals Association
Macao Speech Professionals Association consists of professional speakers and public speaking enthusiasts, bringing together Macao’s talented speakers, including: International and national public speaking competition winners, national public speaking coaches and trainers, and large-scale public speaking event organizers and judges. MSPA empowers people to thrive and influence through public speaking and enjoy the benefits of effective communication. By setting a professional standard for public speaking, they aspire to build a training base for speakers and a platform that reaches audiences from around the world.


About Urban October, World Habitat Day, and World Cities Day
Organized by UN Habitat, Urban October marks a month of events focused on urban issues and sustainable development. This year, it begins with World Habitat Day on October 4 under the 2021 theme, Accelerating urban action for a carbon-free world, and will end with World Cities Day on October 31 with the theme: Adapting Cities for Climate Resilience.


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