NAIMUN strives to engage all delegates with the substance of international affairs both in and out of the competitive committee simulation experience. This year, for NAIMUN LVI, we are pleased to continue and expand our NAIMUN Essay Contest! 


  1.  Sustainable Development: In 2015, 193 member states of the UN General Assembly adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, a set of 17 goals and 169 associated targets created to meet the urgent challenges facing our world today. Are the Sustainable Development Goals effective?

  2. Technology and Diplomacy: In the last several decades, many jobs that were previously performed by humans have been automated. In this modern technological era, what is the role of diplomacy?

  3. Environment: From the Kyoto Protocol to the Paris Climate Agreement, many governments have joined together to address environmental issues. What are the roles of private companies and nonprofits in environmental sustainability?

Important dates

Essays Due: 2 Feb 2019

Winners Notified: 9 Feb 2019


Grand-Prize: $150 value of NAIMUN merchandise and a feature on social media

First Runner-Up: $90 value of NAIMUN merchandise

Second Runner-Up: $50 value of NAIMUN merchandise

Third Runner-Up: $30 value of NAIMUN merchandise



Delegates can choose any one of the prompts and may only submit one essay. Essays must be 800 – 1000 words in length and must be written in English. By entering this contest you agree to be bound by the Rules and Terms (listed below). Please direct all inquiries to Alyssa Kardos, NAIMUN LVI Director of Business, who is coordinating the contest. Each essay will be graded out of 100 points: 40 points for structure and grammar and 60 points for content. The essays will be graded, and the top four will be determined, at the discretion of the NAIMUN LVI Director of Business. Winners will be announced at the Opening Ceremonies during the conference.



Essays must be submitted by the deadline as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file attached in an email sent to Alyssa Kardos at

Rules and Terms

Only registered NAIMUN LVI conference delegates are eligible to enter. Eligibility is at the sole worldwide discretion of the Georgetown International Relations Association, Inc. (GIRA). Entries that are submitted late or fail to meet any rules or guidelines will be ineligible. Plagiarism—any uncredited copying or misrepresentation of another’s work or ideas as one’s own—will disqualify an entry and may result in disciplinary action by GIRA. Participants accept all responsibility for late, lost, misdirected or illegible entries. Entries become the property of GIRA upon receipt. In consideration of the opportunity to enter the NAIMUN LVI Essay Contest, participants agree to allow GIRA to use their names and essays for promotional and publicity purposes. A grand-prize winner is not eligible to receive subsequent prizes in future NAIMUN Essay Contests. By entering, participants agree to be bound by these rules and the decisions of the judges and GIRA. GIRA may cancel the contest without notice at any time. The contest is void where prohibited, taxed, or restricted by law.