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.

GLEC Global

'Global GLEC Conference (GGC)' is an international academic conference where worldwide GLEC winners from Korea, Vietnam, India, China, and Japan, and talented students from each country interact with one another. Participants from all around the globe will be able to seek methods of cooperation on the international agenda through lectures of UN experts and team debates related to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition, students are expected to develop capacity as global citizens through opportunities to cultivate global leadership, exchange or experience various cultures and develop their future careers through presentation training and career development sessions. The conference is originally planned to be held in-person, however, venues may change considering the worldwide Covid-19 circumstances.

※ Click here for the Result Announcement for Global GLEC Conference 2021

Winners from Global GLEC Conference are awarded:

Grand Award

presented by Park Soo-Gil

World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA), Honorary President


United Nations Headquarters Youth Outreach Program (9 Nights/11 Days, New York, Geneva)

(All academic and financial support for local education expenses, travel expenses excluded)

Reference: Final Report from 17th Training Program Graduates (click)

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