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null Calling Teachers and Students: Essay and Photo Contests on The World's Greatest Ethical Challenge

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs announces its ninth annual International Essay Contest, open to teachers and students anywhere in the world.
From climate change, to refugees, to terrorism, many of the greatest problems facing us in the 21st century transcend national borders. All involve ethical issues, such as fairness, rights, and responsibilities.
In your opinion, what is the world's greatest challenge, and how does it affect your local community and/or the world? What are the ethical issues involved and how can we work together to overcome this problem?
Essay topic: In your opinion, what is the greatest ethical challenge facing the world today? 
Contest requirements:
Style: Op-ed style (not academic, footnoted papers)
Length: 1,000 to 1,500 words
Format: Blog post on English language entries only.
Limit: One entry per person.
For sample essays, have a look at last year's winners here.
This competition is open to teachers and students of all nationalities.
Before submitting your essay, please review these plagiarism guidelines to ensure that your work is original and properly cited.
Who is eligible?
  • All teachers, at whatever level, are eligible. 
  • All students, from high school students through graduate students, are eligible. Non-students are automatically disqualified. 
  • Collaborative essays between students and teachers are welcome.
Previous winners and honorable mentions are not eligible.
How to enter:
  1. Join the free Global Ethics Network (GEN) website:
  2.  Post your essay in the blog section and tag it with #essaycontest2017.
  3. Please include the following:
  • Your full name.
  • The name of your school.
  • Indicate whether you are a teacher or a student, and at what level (high school, undergraduate, graduate).
Competition deadline: December 31, 2017
The essays are judged in three categories: teachers and graduate students; undergraduate students; and high school students.  
1st prize: $250 Amazon Gift Certificate
2nd prize: $150 Amazon Gift Certificate 
3rd prize: $75 Amazon Gift Certificate