This year the World Bank Essay Competition attracted 2,469 submissions from over 150 countries, which certainly reflects the popularity of this competition. The overall theme for this year is Climate Change and the role the youth can play, keeping in mind the importance of the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC), Copenhagen, December 2009.
This year, the competition introduced two new categories: photo and video. Of all the submissions, 8 essay finalists and the winner of the video category will be invited to the ABCDE at the end of June in Seoul, where the Final Jury for the essays will take place. It is an incredible feat to be selected among the thousands of other participants and youth from across the globe are sure to be interested to know about these essays.
So, I will be highlighting the main points of each of the 8 essays in my blog, until the ABCDE. Hopefully, this will be a way to learn about and discuss the innovative ideas in these essays, and you can also connect with the finalists and ask them your questions by commenting on the blog.