The World Today and FT student article competition

The World Today and the Financial Times free schools access programme are pleased to announce their inaugural competition for the best short article by a school student on a topical issue of international affairs.

The World Today Published 7 December 2018 Updated 25 February 2020 1 minute READ

We are inviting school and college students around the world who are aged between 16 and 19 to send an article of up to 500 words to answer this question:

‘If you were UN Secretary-General for a day, what would be your first action, and why?’

Entries will be judged by a panel including Chatham House and Financial Times staff on the originality and clarity of their articles. A fine writing style is not required. We are interested in your ideas.

The competition closes on March 8, 2019. The winner will be contacted by email in May and will be presented with a certificate at Chatham House’s London Conference, June 13-14, 2019. The winning article will be published in The World Today and FT online in summer 2019.

The FT schools programme offers free access to the Financial Times for 16-19 year olds in education, their teachers and schools. Schools can register here.

You may also want to see some articles about the UN to help you answer the question: Here are three from The World Today: Can the UN survive Trump, Making the Sustainable Development Goals a Success, UN peacekeeping - just good enough, and recent articles from the FT.

Submit your entries using this form.