2016 Eisaku Sato Essay Contest Now Open; Submit by 31 March

  • 2015•11•02     Tokyo

    Submissions are now being accepted for the 32nd Eisaku Sato Essay Contest. This international contest is open to anyone who has an interest in both the United Nations University and the designated contest topic. There are no restrictions as to age, nationality, or profession.

    The theme of the 2016 contest is:

    “Considering the multiple and pressing challenges the United Nations faces today, what is the proper role of the Secretary-General as top international public servant? Discuss the required qualities and discipline of a Secretary-General in view of the practices and achievements of the successive Secretary-Generals.”

    Essays may be written in either English (3,000–6,000 words) or Japanese (8,000–16,000 characters). All essays should be printed on A4-size paper and include an abstract of up to 450 words (English) or 1,200 characters (Japanese).

    Submissions must be original and unpublished papers, and must include reference notes and a bibliography if other authors’ works are cited.

    A grand prize (¥500,000), a second prize (¥200,000) and several honorable mentions (¥50,000 each) will be awarded. The winners will be notified by September 2016.

    To enter the 2016 Eisaku Sato Essay Contest, submit your essay along with a cover sheet listing your name, affiliation, age, gender, nationality, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone/fax number (if available), and a note on how you learned about the contest.

    The deadline for submissions is midnight (Japan Time) on 31 March 2016.

    Persons living outside of Japan may submit their essays via email (to essay@satoeisaku.com) or by postal mail. (Please submit only once; do not send both email and postal mail.) If submitting by email, attach your cover sheet and essay as a single (ONE) document file, and use your full name as the document title.

    Persons living in Japan should submit via postal mail. Please send your cover sheet and FOUR copies of your essay. Your package must be postmarked before midnight 31 March 2016, (There is no time limit on the delivery date; your submission will be accepted as long as it is postmarked on or before 31 March.)

    Postal submissions should be addressed to:

    The Eisaku Sato Essay Contest Secretariat

    c/o United Nations University Library

    5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku

    Tokyo 150-8925


    Please note that submitted essays will not be returned. Any essay that does not follow the criteria specified above will be disqualified.

    Winners who are able to attend will receive their prizes at a ceremony to be held at the United Nations University in Tokyo.

    For more information, see the website of the Eisaku Sato Memorial Foundation for Cooperation with the United Nations University (in English or in Japanese) or contact the Foundation by email at sato.eisaku.mf@unu.edu.

    The Eisaku Sato Essay Contest was inaugurated in 1980, and has been held annually since 1990. It is organized by the Eisaku Sato Memorial Foundation for Cooperation with the United Nations University, which was established by the late Eisaku Sato, former Prime Minister of Japan, with the monetary award that he received with his 1974 Nobel Peace Prize.