Essay contest results
The results of the 2014 essay competition on the topic “What is in your opinion the most important need that should be globally addressed and highlighted by the new development agenda (mainly the post-2015 agenda and the SDGs)?” are now published!
The Romanian Association for International Cooperation and Development ARCADIA received 15 entries from Romanian students and young professionals in the field of International Development and we have selected three winners.
This year, the top three winners are:
1st place: Ms Roxana Romanica Diaconescu
2nd place: Ms Bianca Ioanidia Mirea
3rd place: Mr Emil Luchian
All three winning entries will be published in the launch edition of the Romanian International Development Review, at the end of November.
Congratulations to all winners and thank you to all participants for their insightful contributions to the 2014 Essay Competition organized by ARCADIA!
Essay competition 2014
The Romanian Association for International Cooperation and Development invites all Romanian students and young professionals to express their opinion on the main issues concerning the post-2015 development agenda in an argumentative essay answering the following question:
What is in your opinion the most important need that should be globally addressed and highlighted by the new development agenda (mainly the post-2015 agenda and the SDGs)?
Entries must be submitted by
November 2 November 7, 2014, midnight Central European Time.
The first 3 ranking essays will be published in the Romanian International Development Review new edition to be launched in November 2014. The best essay will be awarded a 3 months internship with the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the book “We the Peoples: A UN for the Twenty-First Century”, written by Kofi Annan (Paradigm Publishers, 2014).
The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) launched in September 2000 as part of “United Nations Millennium Declaration”, ranging from inter alia the promotion of environmental sustainability, gender equality and women empowerment to the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, all by the target date of 2015, remain at the heart of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the post- 2015 agenda further aiming toward poverty eradication and for a sustainable development.
According to the UN General Assembly 2012, paras.246-7, the SDGs announced in “The Future We Want”, should “address and incorporate in a balanced way all three dimensions of sustainable development and their inter-linkages… We also underscore that SDGs should be action-oriented, concise and easy to communicate, limited in number, aspirational, global in nature and universally applicable to all countries while taking into account different national realities, capacities and levels of development and respecting national policies and priorities… Government should drive implementation [of the SDGs] with the active involvement of all relevant stakeholders, as appropriate.”
More background information on this process:
The Sustainable Development Goals-
What comes after the MGDs? –
1) Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 30 years old (as of December 31, 2014), Romanian students or young graduates in any field of studies interested in the topic of the contest.
2) Essays must be 1500 words (+/- 10%), plus bibliography in English. The articles submitted should be edited in TNR, 12 font size, 1.5 line spacing. References and citations will follow the Harvard Style.
More information about the Harvard referencing style: HERE.
3) Essays must have a cover page containing (1) the title of your proposed article, (2) your name, surname and current status, (3) contact details (e-mail address and phone number).
4) Essays must be original and unpublished.
5) Essays must be written by one person. Co-authors essays are not accepted.
6) Copyright of the essays entered in the competition will be assigned to the ARCADIA.
Please submit your work saved as Word or PDF doc. together with a short biography (200 words) at firstname.lastname@example.org before November 2, 2014, midnight Central European Time.
For inquiries, please contact email@example.com, Executive Editor – The Romanian International Development Review.
The online review The Romanian International Development Review is dedicated to nurture interdisciplinary dialogue, enhance knowledge sharing, initiate debates around current themes of interest, and to increase the visibility for the professional and academic communities in the field of development cooperation in Romania. We encourage submissions from experts, practitioners, researchers, scholars and students in the field of development cooperation.