About GLEC

'Global Leadership English Challenge (GLEC)' is an English Speech and Essay writing contest on the topics of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With the world facing seemingly unresolvable matters, which range from environmental issues to refugee crises, GLEC aims to raise awareness and understanding of contemporary global issues of the participating students. Participants are expected to share their views on current issues and offer potential solutions to multifaceted global problems on the given themes based on their grade level.


Participants will go through two stages (preliminary round and final round) in their respective countries, and the final round winners will be invited to participate in the GLEC Global Conference (GGC), a four-day international academic conference on the UN and the SDGs. Participants in the global conference will meet and exchange with UN high officials, scholars, ambassadors, international organization experts, and participating students from other countries. Through these events, GLEC will work as a stepping stone for participating students who wish to be future leaders in solving global challenges.

 António Guterres 

9th Secretary-General of the United Nations


 'Intergenerational Dialogues on the SDGs' extracted from United Nations YouTube Channel

Maher Nasser


Director of the Outreach Division in the United Nations Department of Global Communications

Chairman of the United Nations Publications Board


Former, Head of the United Nations Department of Public Information

Former, Director of the United Nations Information Service in Vienna

Greetings from the United Nations, New York!

I would like to congratulate you on your participation in the Global Leadership English Challenge (GLEC) Speech and Essay Writing Contest. I would also like to applaud that thank Hope to the Future Association for leading the efforts to organize this contest and for framing it around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


At 1.8 billion, you are part of the largest generation of young people in history and you are more connected and aware of global issues than any generation before you. World leaders have agreed that the Global Goals are the best fit for many of our global challenges. The GLEC contest is our opportunity to listen to your takes on the global challenges faced by us all, and your proposed solutions for achieving the future envisioned in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


All indications show us that we are not on track to achieve the SDGs by 2030. That is why the United Nations, the Secretary-General launched a Decade of Action: Delivering the SDGs by 2030. The United Nations’ #ActNow Climate Action campaign has also shown us that individual action can be the answer to climate change, the defining issue of our time. By changing everyday habits and routines, and making choices that have less harmful effects on the environment, every one of us has the power to confront the climate challenge.


The world’s problems, from climate change and poverty to human rights and the threat caused by nuclear weapons, cannot be solved in conference rooms alone. We need everyone to act and everyone to advocate in their communities and with their leaders to get us back on track to fulfill the promises of Agenda 2030. I hope this contest can serve as a platform for you to showcase your action at home, on-campus or in your community.


Thank you for helping us spread the word through your essays and speeches. I look forward to hearing your solutions for a more peaceful and prosperous world. Thank you!

Maher Nasser


Le Vinh Danh


President of Ton Duc Thang University, Vietnam

Greetings from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam!

It is a great honor for Ton Duc Thang University to be part of the Global Leadership English Challenge. It is also a pleasure to see young students who genuinely care about global issues and thrive to find solutions to them. I strongly believe that it is our duty, as educators, to create an environment for you to share your visions and ideas. GLEC is a perfect opportunity to do it, and I trust that you will use this platform to take the first step in changing the world.


Global issues contained in the Sustainable Development Goals include a wide range of problems, from poverty to gender inequality and climate change. These problems should not be treated as a distant threat. Most of them, like climate change, are knocking on our doors and do not stop at country borders. This is why it is, more than ever before, crucial for all of us to work together despite our nationality, race, or political beliefs.


I am truly proud to welcome you to Ton Duc Thang University and would like to thank you for your interest in GLEC Global. TDTU is honored to collaborate with Hope to the Future Association and facilitate you with our facilities and support, which we hope will contribute to the change you are going to bring to the world in the future.

Le Vinh Danh

Phan Huy Phu


Rector of Thang Long University, Vietnam

Greetings from Hanoi, Vietnam!

I, as the rector of Thang Long University, congratulate you on your participation in the Global Leadership English Challenge (GLEC) Speech and Essay Writing Contest in Viet Nam. I would like to send my deepest gratitude toward Hope to the Future Association for their accomplishments to organize this contest and for shaping it around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is our honor to have you, the youth generation, join us and help to contribute as well as sharing your ideas, your visions to solve global problems and to foster SDGs - Sustainable Development Goals.


As an important part of the youth generation, you are the future of our planet, in other words, you are our beacon of hope. You need to be equipped with every necessary tool and to have confidence in yourself to create and shape a better world. The GLEC contest aims to make you realize your potentials, to give you the opportunity to express your concerns and ideologies in facing global challenges.


Let’s not look anywhere further, right here in Viet Nam, many societies and environmental problems are left unsolved: Air and sea pollutions, gender disparity, etc… Now it is the chance for Viet Nam youth generation to rally and grasp on it through the GLEC contest, to speak up their minds and show people the power and the innovation of the youth, to inspire the public that by changing everyday habits and routines and making right choices, everyone is united confronting the climate challenge and society dispute.


I welcome all of you to Thang Long University where you will participate in the Final Round of the GLEC contest Viet Nam. With our most modern facilities and enthusiastic staff, I am confident that you will have the best experiences at Thang Long University.

Phan Nuy Phu

We support the Sustainable Development Goals.