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2023 Essay Writing Competition for Undergraduate Students

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2023 Essay
Writing Competition for Undergraduate Students

on Critical Human Rights and Peace Issues
in ASEAN/Southeast
Asia

IMAGINING A
SAFE, CLEAN, & SUSTAINABLE
ENVIRONMENT
IN ASEAN

Deadline for
Submissions: 12 August 2023 (23:59 GMT +7)

The ASEAN region is home to abundant natural
resources, breathtaking sceneries, and rich biodiversity. However, over time,
our activities have accelerated the constant destruction of our environment.
Climate injustices have, indeed, caused tremendous impacts on our social,
economic, and political lives. Extreme weather events, such as droughts and
heatwaves and rising sea levels and wildfires have constantly displaced
vulnerable peoples and destroyed livelihoods. It has also disrupted our
health and well-being. In less developed parts of the region, food and water
insecurity and the spread of climate-sensitive infectious diseases have
constantly posed threats. Furthermore, we have seen an increase in forced
migration and civil conflicts, attacks on environmental rights defenders, and
reduced access to basic services, as well as rights and
freedoms.

The right to safe, clean,
and sustainable environment is espoused in the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration
(AHRD). In principle, ASEAN member-states have forged a collective commitment
to shift from a growth-oriented to a people and planet-centered approach to
addressing critical environmental issues. Furthermore, the ASEAN
Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) has been at the
forefront of this regional agenda. Since 2014, it has been establishing
collaborations with relevant organizations, co-designing strategies with
affected communities, and achieving action.  As we continue to
experience climate injustices, it has become more obvious that the protection
of the environment has become everyone’s responsibility. Postponing action is
no longer an option. Young people, all the more, have a huge stake in this
struggle. In this light, the 2023 Edition of our Essay Writing Competition
shall serve as a vehicle for Southeast Asian students to raise their voice on
diverse issues and lived experiences reflecting the state of the environment
and human rights in the region. Moreover, essays are expected to delve deep
into intersectional issues impacting the environment at either regional and
local levels. Furthermore, we strongly encourage writers to creatively come up
with concrete recommendations for policy and action to address climate
emergencies/injustices in ASEAN. Essays writers are urged to fully exercise
critical thinking and creative expression.

GUIDE QUESTIONS
How do you envision a
safe, clean, and sustainable environment?What issues and lived experiences
are (directly or indirectly) caused/impacted by climate injustice/environmental
degradation at the regional, national, or local levels?How can ASEAN and its
member states be able to fulfill its commitment to a safe, clean, and
sustainable environment in all corners of the region? What can AICHR, as
well as other ASEAN bodies, do more to facilitate this
process?

WHO CAN
JOIN?
Southeast Asian undergraduate students currently
enrolled in a Southeast Asia tertiary academic
institution

ESSAY
REQUIREMENTS

  • Analytical papers are written in English within a maximum of
    500-700 words (excluding title, references, and notes)
  • Essays should be original and should
    not have been previously published elsewhere.
  • Essays must be written only by one
    person.Font style and size: Times New Roman, 12 points, 1.5 spacing In-text
    citations and references must be in APA (seventh edition) format https://guides.libraries.psu.edu/apaquickguide/intext
  • Essays should be submitted in
    MS Word
    (.doc/.docx)

SUBMISSION
INSTRUCTIONS
  • Participants have to accomplish an online form, and submit their
    essays to https://bit.ly/3r65YWh
  • One
    person can only submit one entry.
  • Submissions are
    deemed final. Revised versions will not be accepted.

SELECTION
PROCESS:

  • Organizers’ Shortlist:
    AUN-HRE, AICHR Representative, IHRP, SHAPE-SEA and NCHR will be reviewing and
    scoring all qualified entries based on the following criteria:

    • 40% Analysis
    • 30%
      Clarity and Structure
    • 20%
      Originality
    • 10% Relevance to the
      Theme
  • Popular Vote:
    The public will get a chance to vote for their top 3 favorite shortlisted
    essays. Entries will be posted on the SHAPE-SEA website. Names shall be
    deleted to ensure fairness and objectivity. The shortlisted essay with the
    most votes win!
  • Expert
    Panel
    ’s Choices:
    An esteemed group of experts will be reviewing and deciding on the top three
    essays for the competition. Deliberations will be based on the following
    criteria:

    • 40% Analysis
    • 30% Clarity and Structure
    • 20% Originality
    • 10%
      Relevance to the
      Theme

AWARDS
  • Experts’ Choice First Prize:  Cash Prize
    of THB 15,000, a Certificate of
    Recognition, and an opportunity to present their winning essay at a regional
    event this year.
  • Experts’ Choice Second Prize: Cash
    Prize of THB 10,000, a Certificate of
    Recognition, and an opportunity to present their winning essay at a regional
    event this year.
  • Experts’ Choice Third Prize: Cash
    prize of THB 7,000, a Certificate of
    Recognition, and, an opportunity to present their winning essay at a regional
    event this year.
  • Most Popular Vote: Cash prize
    of THB 7,000, a Certificate of Recognition,
    and an opportunity to present their winning essay at a regional event this
    year.
  • Shortlisted essays will be given a Certificate of
    Appreciation and will be published on the SHAPE-SEA
    Website.

KEY DATES

  • Deadline for Submission: 12 August 2023 (23:59 BKK
    Time)
  • Announcement of Winners: 30 September
    2023

For any inquiries, contact us at:  aunhre.secretariat@gmail.com

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