Global Energy Initiative, an international not-for-profit organisation promoting sustainable energy for all, presents the Global Energy Essay Contest.

The Global Energy Essay Contest provides an exciting opportunity for university students around the world to engage in critical thinking and present their ideas and solutions to tackle the key energy issues that humanity faces today.

The contest provides a platform for students from all backgrounds to share and expand their unique understanding of the worldwide urgency surrounding these issues, and an opportunity to be recognised for important contributions to shaping a sustainable future for all.

Essay topic

The United Nations General Assembly has unanimously declared 2014-2024 the Decade of Sustainable Energy for All, underscoring the importance of energy issues for sustainable development and for the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda.

Taking inspiration from this, students are to write an essay of 1200-1500 words addressed to UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, on the topic: "A Vision for the Decade (2014-2024) of Sustainable Energy for All".


The contest is open to all students from around the world that are currently enrolled at university, working towards a degree program. Students from any discipline that have an interest in energy and sustainability issues are encouraged to participate.


First and second place winners will receive US$1000 and US$500 respectively, as well as an invitation to the Global Energy Conference at the United Nations, to be held 11-12 December, 2013. Airfare, accommodation and travel visa to New York will be covered and the first place winner will also have a speaking opportunity during the award presentation ceremony.

The top ten finalists will receive certificates from Global Energy Initiative.

Find out more and enter

Visit the contest webpage for full details, essay guidelines, online pre-registration and instructions for submitting your entry.

Entries close 28 October, 2013 and prize winners will be announced in November.