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Announcements Global GLEC Conference


Global Leadership English Challenge (GLEC) is an English speech and essay writing contest on the ‘United Nations’, on the topic of ‘Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’ and Nuclear Disarmament and Non-proliferation. GLEC aims to raise awareness and expand students’ understanding of contemporary global issues such as environment, peace, security, human rights, and poverty.

“Small Move, Big Change.” 

Participants are required to share their opinions and provide solutions to multifaceted global issues related to the topic. GLEC will work as a stepping stone for youth participants who wish to be involved in solving global challenges in the future.



The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were born at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. The objective was to produce a set of universal goals that meet the urgent environmental, political and economic challenges facing our world.

The SDGs replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which started a global effort in 2000 to tackle the indignity of poverty. The MDGs established measurable, universally-agreed objectives for tackling extreme poverty and hunger, preventing deadly diseases, and expanding primary education to all children, among other development priorities. (Reference:



In response to the increasing threat of the proliferation of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction (WMD), the need for strengthening the global nonproliferation regime, especially the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT), is ever-growing. 

As we head towards the 2020 NPT Review Conference, which will mark the 50th anniversary of the entry into force of the Treaty and the 25th year of its indefinite extension, many states are ready to work with the international community to maintain and further strengthen the treaty.

A progressive, step-by-step approach to nuclear disarmament is necessary and effective, sustainable disarmament must take into account the international security environment. 

In this regard, GLEC calls for people’s attention to the global nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament issues, which are crucial factors for sustainable peace.


[1] Regional Preliminary Round

The first step to GLEC Global is to apply for a Regional Preliminary Round which will be hosted at the main cities of the GLEC hosting countries. The Preliminary Round will be online-based in order to raise accessibility for a wider range of students.  


One month (30 days)


Online-based for high accessibility


1,000 Students age from Grade 9 to University Students

[2] Regional Final Round

The next step to GLEC Global is to apply for Regional Final Round that is being hosted at universities or education institutions in each GLEC city. Those who receive a qualified score from the online preliminary round will be invited to the contest.  

For the Speech section, the applicant is required to deliver a 3~5 minutes speech on one of the goals of the SDGs in front of examiners without reading the script. 

For the Essay section, the test format is very similar to the TOEFL Writing section. The applicant is required to type an essay (500~700 words) on one of the goals of the SDGs within 50 minutes.  

Applicants are expected to thoroughly understand the given topic, to analyze the status quo, and ultimately suggest a solution from the perspective of the youth, the future of our society. 



1~2 days


University in each GLEC city of the country.  


Qualified applicants from Online Preliminary Round based on GLEC scoring criteria

[3] Global Conference on the United Nations


GLEC Contest aims to provide the awardees with an opportunity to broaden their knowledge and to deepen their understanding of the UN and the SDGs.

The awardees will receive a scholarship that covers partial expenses for participation in the UN-related education programs held in and outside of Korea. The programs are as below.

  • ‘Youth Training Programs on the UN and the SDGs (Model UN Conference, Youth ’ organized at the UN in New York and the Permanent Missions of the UN member states
  • ‘Yale International Model UN’ hosted by Yale University in New Haven
  • ‘WFUNA International Model UN’ hosted by WFUNA in New York
  • ‘Academic Forum on the United Nations’ hosted by HFA in Seoul

Hope to the Future Association supports the Sustainable Development Goals.